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CA Man Charged With Attacking Capitol Police on Jan 6th Had History Of Assaulting Activists

CA Man Charged With Attacking Capitol Police on Jan 6th Had History Of Assaulting Activists

David Dempsey was arrested in California on Thursday and charged with attacking police officers defending the US Capitol on January 6th. Federal prosecutors have accused 34-year-old Dempsey of striking police at the Capitol with improvised weapons, including a crutch and a pole, and spraying them with a chemical agent, according to the criminal complaint against him.

In a video from January 6th, Dempsey is seen delivering a monologue in front of wooden gallows erected by the Capitol, saying that politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler “don’t need a jail cell. They need to hang from these motherf*ckers [pointing to gallows]” and that “the time for peace is over”, according to the criminal complaint.


WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob enter the Capitol Building after breaking into it on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

But it wasn’t the first time Dempsey had been accused of committing violent acts against others. Five months earlier, two Los Angeles men said Dempsey had used the exact same tactics to assault them during tense summer political demonstrations in the Tujunga neighborhood and in Beverly Hills.

One of these alleged assaults had happened directly in front of police officers in Beverly Hills, and the other was reported in detail to the Los Angeles police department, according to the two men. Both said that local police failed to follow up or to arrest Dempsey, even though he had previously been charged with using bear mace on anti-Trump protesters in Santa Monica, California, in 2019.

Erik Boyd, a local anti-fascist activist, alleged that Dempsey punched him and then hit him over the head with a skateboard on August 14, 2020. The skateboard attack left him “bleeding profusely”, and resulted in a deep cut in his head that required at least a dozen stitches, Boyd said. Boyd said he made a police report about the attack to the Los Angeles police department on August 16th, which included a video of the attack, multiple photographs and videos of Dempsey – and a video of Dempsey allegedly attacking someone else with a skateboard in a similar way that Boyd said he was attacked.

It was not immediately clear if Dempsey had an attorney. Officials also arrested a second California man, Jeffrey Scott Brown, 54, from Orange County, on Thursday, and also charged him with assaulting police at the Capitol, including pushing them and spraying them with chemical spray.

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