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Taylor man is 7th from Michigan charged in Capitol riots

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Posted at 5:47 AM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 05:47:17-04

(AP) — A Taylor man who climbed a wall at the U.S. Capitol became the seventh Michigan resident to be charged in the Jan. 6 riot.

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Social media photos and an interview with MLive.com were part of the evidence against Jeramiah Caplinger, 25, of Taylor, according to a court filing in Washington. He was arrested Tuesday and released on bond.

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Caplinger faces three charges, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

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Photos and video show Caplinger wearing a Donald Trump hat while making a risky climb up a Capitol wall. Inside, he carried a U.S. flag.

In February, Caplinger told MLive that he was inspired by Trump to travel to Washington and participate in the rally.

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“I think it was a great stupid thing when it came to breaking and destroying things, sure. ... But I will not sit here and allow people to constantly demonize, patronize, criticize and try to ostracize Trump supporters for doing what they believe in," he said.