Rochester man named in lawsuit filed by Capitol Police officers over Jan. 6 riot

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC/AP) — The Rochester man who’s accused of breaking windows and taking a Capitol Police Officer’s shield during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 is one of the several defendants named in a lawsuit filed by U.S. Capitol Police officers who were injured during the riot.

The lawsuit names Dominic Pezzola, as well as former president Donald Trump along with Roger Stone, the militia the Oath Keepers, and the chauvinist group The Proud Boys, accusing them of intentionally sending a violent mob on Jan. 6 to disrupt the congressional certification of the election.

Pezzola had a bond hearing scheduled for this week, but it was rescheduled to Sept. 14. His attorney tried several times to get Pezzola out on bail, but the courts continue to rule that Pezzola should be held without bail.

During one hearing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office accused Pezzola and other members of The Proud Boys of organizing and planning part of the breach of the Capitol Building, claiming that Pezzola was wearing an earpiece and talking to others as they stormed into the building.