DOJ: Lang Kicked Detective On Ground, Struck Capitol Police Officer Ten Times With Shield
Updated: Jan 7
But Lang's Attorneys Say Narrowsburg native was "met with violence" at the hands of officers
Washington, DC - Two very different narratives have emerged from new court filings regarding the behavior of Edward Jacob Lang, the 26-year-old Narrowsburg native who participated in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Lang, the son of former Town of Tusten council member Ned Lang, faces 13 felony charges following his indictment handed up by a federal grand jury earlier this year.
His attorneys have continually argued that Lang should be released from the District of Columbia jail while awaiting trial.
But District Court Judge Carl J. Nichols, who has presided over the case as soon as it moved to DC after his arraignment in White Plains, ordered on September 20 that Lang remain detained, citing the government's view that Lang would pose a continued risk to public safety if released. (Lang's next court appearance is January 18).
Lang's attorneys have appealed Nichols' order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
In the government's "memorandum of law and fact" filed with circuit court on December 17, the Department of Justice alleged that Lang "repeatedly kicked" a detective while he was still down and that he also struck a Capitol Police officer with a police shield ten times over a three-minute period.
But Lang's attorneys, allege in documents filed on Monday, that "Jake did not go there (to DC) with an intent to assault anyone or take any leadership role. Instead, he was met with violence at the hands of officers that were present whereby they were executing excessive force, spraying chemicals on people and beating others to death."
Thus far, there have been no reports documented of any Capitol Police officers beating anyone to death.
Excerpt from filing by Lang's attorney on December 27, 2021
Excerpt from The Department of Justice filing, December 17, 2021
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