Trump Rioter Who Attacked Cops With Fire Extinguisher Should Serve 5 Years, Feds Say

An enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump who assaulted regulation enforcement officers with a hearth extinguisher whereas carrying an American flag sweatshirt emblazoned with Trump’s title ought to serve greater than 5 years in federal jail, Justice Division prosecutors stated Friday.

Robert Scott Palmer was arrested 12 days after he was recognized in a March HuffPost story because the Capitol rioter who assaulted cops with a hearth extinguisher as they tried to guard the Capitol on Jan. 6. He has been locked up since he pleaded responsible in October to assaulting, resisting or impeding sure officers utilizing a harmful weapon, inflicting bodily damage.

Choose Tanya Chutkan will sentence Palmer, who dedicated his assault on officers whereas carrying a pink “Florida for Trump” hat, on Dec. 17. In a sentencing memo Friday, federal prosecutors sought 63 months behind bars.

Palmer would be the first Capitol defendant to be sentenced for a felony assault in reference to the brutal assault on regulation enforcement on the west facet of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Video confirmed him spraying embattled officers with the contents of a hearth extinguisher after which chucking the empty canister on the police line.

After he assaulted cops on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Palmer informed HuffPost that the Biden administration was attempting to “vilify the patriots” who took half within the Jan. 6 riot. He hung up when a HuffPost reporter requested him about assaulting cops with a hearth extinguisher.

Federal prosecutors cited Palmer’s interview with HuffPost of their sentencing memo. “On March 4, 2021, after Palmer had been recognized by an internet sleuth, Palmer was contacted by a reporter for the Huffington Put up,” the memo states. “Palmer informed the reporter he had completed nothing to justify being struck with a police munition. He additionally informed the reporter ‘I didn’t do something improper.’”

“As Palmer entered the Capitol grounds and watched regulation enforcement officers being assaulted, it was abundantly clear to him that lawmakers, and the regulation enforcement officers who tried to guard them, have been beneath siege by others equally prepared to make use of drive to undermine the election,” federal prosecutors wrote. “Legislation enforcement officers have been overwhelmed, outnumbered, and in some circumstances, in critical hazard. Palmer straight, and bodily, added to that hazard by his use of violence. Assaulting regulation enforcement officers with a harmful weapon is the epitome of disrespect for the regulation.”

Palmer ― a resident of Clearwater, Florida, who celebrated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tremendous Bowl win in February at a parade forward of his arrest in reference to Jan. 6 ― lawyered up after his dialogue with HuffPost and surrendered to the FBI shortly thereafter.

The FBI has made greater than 675 arrests in reference to the Jan. 6 assaults, roughly one-fourth of the full quantity of people that engaged in chargeable conduct through the Jan. 6 assault. The FBI is looking for greater than 350 individuals who engaged in felonious conduct on Jan. 6, together with greater than 250 members of the pro-Trump mob who assaulted regulation enforcement that day.