Who is Michael Foy? Shocking bodycam video shows Michigan man repeatedly hitting Capitol cop with hockey stick
A federal judge has denied bond for Michael Joseph Foy, one of the Capitol rioters who was arrested on January 21 for attacking police officers with a hockey stick. US Attorney’s Office in DC first released the video footage of Foy on January 25 and he was charged with allegedly beating up police officers with a hockey stick.
Foy had also assaulted a Metro PD cop on the ground by bringing the hockey stick dangerously close to his head. It was also reported that Foy had hit police officers guarding the doors at least 10 times with the hockey stick, swung at them, hit them in the face and neck, then rallied other rioters before busting into the Capitol.
Foy, a Michigan man, was a former marine and the FBI had tracked his location down with the help of his father's Facebook page. The judge who had presided over Foy's bond hearing said that the video that was submitted as evidence suggested that Foy had clearly meant to use the hockey stick as a weapon. Foy's lawyer had tried his best to defend his client by stating that the hockey stick was taken with the intention of using it as a flagpole, but that was not something that the judge accepted.
A man in a hooded winter jacket, who prosecutors say is Michael Joseph Foy of Michigan, is seen on the body camera footage advancing with his hockey stick and repeatedly swinging it down at the officers. Prosecutors allege Foy, a former Marine, struck them at least 10 times. pic.twitter.com/Nrn8RJxpqc— Evan Hill (@evanchill) January 29, 2021
The Capitol riots had led to the loss of five lives, including that of rioters who had attempted to storm into the Capitol as a show of support for former president Donald Trump. Ashli Babbitt, one of the rioters who had attempted to enter the Capitol, ended up getting shot dead by a police officer. Rosanne Boyland had died in a stampede despite one of her friends attempting his best to save her. There were attempts to resuscitate her, however, none of that was successful.
On January 6, the rioters had entered the Capitol before the Electoral College vote to certify the then President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Identities of the rioters who had attacked the police have since been released by the federal officers who are investigating the case.
The arrests have become a matter of public interest, especially concerning who the rioters are. Some of the people who have been arrested include Edward Lang, who posted a picture of himself at the Capitol with the words "THIS IS ME" emblazoned across it. Then there was 60-year-old Richard Barnett belonging to Gravette, Arkansas, who was arrested in Bentonville on multiple criminal charges related to unlawful activities at the Capitol where he was photographed with his feet up on a desk at Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. One of the rioters who was arrested happened to be a New Mexico county official and founder of Cowboys called Couy Griffin, who had also vowed to return to Washington after the riots to place a flag on House Speaker's desk.