- Florida is tied with Texas for having the most people facing charges linked to the Capitol riot.
- The Sunshine State also has the highest number of arrests of people linked to far-right groups.
- Some Florida leaders are calling for an independent commission into the state’s links to the riot.
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Since supporters of then-President Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol building on January 6 – an attack that resulted in the deaths of five people – federal investigators have been ramping up their arrests.
According to a USA Today database, 47 out of the 484 rioters facing charges related to the riot are from Florida and 47 are from Texas.
Among them was Kenneth Kelly of Ocala, Florida, who thought he was storming the White House instead of the Capitol building on January 6. Texas couple Mark and Jalise Middleton were both charged with assaulting police officers.
The Sunshine State also has the most arrests of individuals affiliated with the far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, both heavily involved in the insurrection.
More than 40% of the Oath Keepers and about a quarter of Proud Boy members who arrested were from Florida, according to USA Today.
The report has prompted Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to call for an independent commission into the state’s ties to the riot, saying it will be essential in “protecting our communities from extremists,” Tampa Bay Times reported.
Cris told reporters on Friday that although most Floridians are “kind, decent people … this is one national list that I’m ashamed Florida is leading,” according to Tampa Bay Times.
The trophy for most Capitol arrests could still be passed to another state as the number of people charged in the insurrection is expected to keep growing.
The USA Today database referred to in this article is different from the Insider database, which has recorded 521 arrests so far and can be found here.