Oklahoma Man Arrested, Accused Of Assault On Media In Capitol Insurrection

Tuesday, August 24th 2021, 9:12 pm
By: Kristin Wells

A Miami, Oklahoma, man was arrested Thursday, accused of assaulting a photographer in the breach of the United States Capitol on January 6, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Documents say 41-year-old Benjamen Burlew was captured in two videos assaulting a photographer at the U.S. Capitol. Documents say Burlew aggressively confronted the photographer who was trying to get out of the way, then pushed and shoved him down.

Documents say Burlew came back to the photographer later, lunged at him, and threw him over a wall onto the lawn of the capitol building.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Burlew is the eighth person to be accused of assaulting the press, either by destroying media equipment or attacking journalists. 

Officials said Burlew was arrested on Aug. 19 and made his first court appearance on Aug. 20.