A Florida man has been arrested for his alleged participation in a mob attack on Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in Washington, D.C., last week following the president's speech at the Republican National Convention.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. announced the arrest of 27-year-old Brennen Sermon on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting one of the officers escorting Paul.
"At about 12:30 a.m. on August 28, 2020, a Metropolitan Police Department officer was holding a police line at 14th and F Street NW when the defendant kicked his bicycle and fled," the arrest report reads. "The officer pursued, and the defendant punched the officer in the left side of his face."
The report goes on to state that the officer "sustained a laceration and severe swelling above his left eye." He was transported to a hospital, where he received stitches for the injury.
Body camera footage later cleared Sermon from the initial attack on the officer's bike, showing that Sermon had only delivered the punch.
"A preliminary review of body-worn camera showed that the individual kicking the bicycle and the individual throwing the punch appear to be wearing different color shirts," the report continues. "Therefore, the defendant is presently charged only with respect to the punching allegation."
The report does not specify why Sermon was in town from Florida or if he has any connection to activist groups or organizations.
Paul credits the police with his safety.
"I truly believe that the police saved our lives," he said.
He and his wife were two of the many people leaving the president's speech who were harassed by crowds of protesters following the event.