The fact that McAbee engaged in violent assaults of fellow law enforcement officers while he himself was a sheriff's deputy and then attempted to use that status to obtain special treatment is powerful evidence of his lack of regard for legal authority. — Prosecutors
The fact that McAbee engaged in violent assaults of fellow law enforcement officers while he himself was a sheriff's deputy and then attempted to use that status to obtain special treatment is powerful evidence of his lack of regard for legal authority. — Prosecutors
A Tennessee sheriff's deputy allegedly assaulted police on January 6. Now he's behind bars and off the force
Authorities said they arrested Ronald McAbee, 27, on Tuesday after a tipster recognized him from police body camera footage on the FBI's "most wanted" website. The video allegedly shows McAbee grabbing a police officer and dragging him into the mob -- all while wearing a black vest that says "SHERIFF." He was still a deputy sheriff at the time of the Capitol siege.

McAbee is charged with eight federal crimes related to the Capitol riot, including assaulting an officer and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. He has not yet entered a plea. A federal judge in Tennessee will decide next week if McAbee will remain in jail while awaiting trial. The Justice Department said in court documents that they will ask a judge to keep him behind bars.

McAbee is the latest addition to a major case against seven men allegedly involved in the brutal attack of three police officers who waded into the crowd to help a pro-Trump rioter who was trampled -- only to be dragged down the stairs, stripped of their protective gear, and beaten. The trampled rioter died of a drug overdose, according to Washington, DC's medical examiner.

According to court documents, McAbee had been in a car accident in late December, and requested two weeks of disability leave for a shoulder injury. While he was on leave, he went to DC on January 6 wearing his government-issued tactical vest, which had two patches on it -- one that said "sheriff," and one with the logo of the Three Percenters, a right-wing extremist group, according to court filings and footage of the incident.

... "The fact that McAbee engaged in violent assaults of fellow law enforcement officers while he himself was a sheriff's deputy and then attempted to use that status to obtain special treatment is powerful evidence of his lack of regard for legal authority," prosecutors said in a recent filing.
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