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Tallahassee Man Indicted For Inciting Violence At Florida Capitol

Statement from FBI about not tolerating incitement of violence.

In a case arising from anticipated protests at the Florida Capitol last month, a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against a Tallahassee man. Daniel A. Baker is charged with two counts related to threats against anticipated protesters at the Florida Capitol following the January 6th riots in Washington, DC.

Baker was arrested by FBI agents on January 15th after he issued a “Call to Arms” for like-minded individuals to violently confront protestors gathered at the Florida Capitol. He called for others to join him in encircling any protestors and confining them at the state Capitol complex using firearms.

“At a time of widespread alarm and turmoil in our nation, and at state capitals in particular, Baker’s actions clearly posed a threat to public order,” Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said in a written statement. “Though some media descriptions cast Baker in a sympathetic light, the indictment alleges that he sought to physically stop the expression of political views different than his own, potentially through armed violence. This office and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting public safety no matter where the threat comes from, and we are confident Baker’s actions will be properly dealt with through the judicial process.”

Keefer said United States Magistrate Judge Michael J. Frank ordered Baker detained on January 25th pending trial to assure the safety of the community. That order followed a hearing that took place four days earlier.

"The FBI is laser focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals who are intent on inciting violence or engaging in criminal activity,” said Rachel L. Rojas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “We will not tolerate those who seek to wreak havoc in our communities. We are fully coordinating with law enforcement partners to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens in North Florida... Help from the public is also critical and we encourage anyone with information regarding potential violence or criminal activity to contact law enforcement immediately.”

Baker’s next court appearance hasn’t been scheduled.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.