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A former California police chief and five other men have been indicted on conspiracy charges in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to court documents made public Thursday.

The men — four of whom prosecutors say identify as members of the Three Percenters antigovernment extremist movement — are accused of plotting with one another to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

Among those charged is a former La Habra police chief and founder of a far-right group called the American Phoenix Project, which was formed to protest pandemic-related restrictions and has helped pushed the lie that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Read more: AP

A man was arrested in Tipton after police found a destructive device and materials to make an explosive device inside a backpack.

Tipton police were called to the Side Street Mall area on W. Jefferson Street Monday for a report of a suspicious backpack that was abandoned.

Officers took the bag back to the police department to conduct an investigation and see who it belonged to.

During that investigation, materials used to manufacture an improvised explosive device (IED) were located inside the backpack as well as an already assembled IED. An IED is also commonly referred to as a homemade bomb.

The Kokomo Police Department Bomb Squad was contacted and they took possession of the IED for proper and safe disposal to eliminate any threat to the public.

Read more: CBS Indianapolis

Court filings reveal that an Air Force sergeant accused of killing two law enforcement officers in California last year was part of a rightwing militia known as the Grizzly Scouts.

The documents show that suspected gunman Steven Carrillo, 32, was not a lone actor but a member of an anti-government group preparing for more deadly attacks.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that the militia held firearms training, scouted out protests, and laid out terms of “war” against police. The filings were submitted in the case against four other alleged Scouts members, including the leader.

They are accused of destroying evidence relevant to last year’s killings. Carillo has pleaded not guilty.

Read more: CBS Sacramento

A Senate investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has uncovered broad government, military and law enforcement missteps surrounding the violent attack, including a breakdown within multiple intelligence agencies and a lack of training and preparation for Capitol Police officers who were quickly overwhelmed by the rioters.

The Senate report released Tuesday is the first — and could be the last — bipartisan review of how hundreds of former President Donald Trump’s supporters were able to violently push past security lines and break into the Capitol that day, interrupting the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

It includes new details about the police officers on the front lines who suffered chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones and who told senators that they were left with no direction when command systems broke down. It recommends immediate changes to give the Capitol Police chief more authority, to provide better planning and equipment for law enforcement and to streamline intelligence gathering among federal agencies.

Read more: AP

Nashville police are changing how they investigate bomb threats after a committee analyzed their handling of a 2019 tip that an Antioch man was building an explosive. The department never made contact, and the man went on to detonate his RV on Second Avenue downtown on Christmas morning last year.

Police Chief John Drake says officers responding to the initial allegations did what they were supposed to, but that a five-person review panel found “deficiencies” in the follow-up process. They want better coordination and documentation.

“While the committee concluded that there is no way to know for sure whether the Christmas Day bombing could have been prevented, and that patrol officers followed protocols and procedures during the August 2019 call, deficiencies were identified in the follow-up investigative process,” Drake said in a statement. “It is of paramount importance to all of us that any deficiencies are corrected.”

Read more: WPLN (Nashville)