Feds Charge Two Trump-Loving Cops Who Took A Selfie During Attack On U.S. Capitol
Federal authorities have arrested and indicted two Virginia police officers who took a selfie during the U.S. Capitol attack last week when hundreds of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the legislature to dismiss the election results.
Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker, two members of the Rocky Mount Police Department in Virginia, snapped a selfie in front of a statute of John Stark, a Continental Army general during the American Revolution.
Police officers Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker took a selfie in the U.S. Capitol during a riot. (Photo: U.S. District Court)
Robertson and Fracker are charged with knowingly stepping into or staying in a restricted building or property without legitimate authority and forcible entry or disorderly conduct for the purposes of the Capitol.
Vincent Veloz, a special agent with the US Capitol, wrote in a factual statement that Robertson posted on social media that "we actually attacked the government" and that they took "the damn US Capitol" in one day would have. He also wrote that he was proud to "have put skin in the game".
"If you're too cowardly to risk arrest, firing and actual shooting to secure your rights, you have no words to say I cherish," Robertson wrote in a message.
Fracker wrote on Facebook that he didn't think he'd done anything wrong.
"Lol to everyone who may be worried about the picture of me ... Sorry to hate freedom?" Fracker wrote on Facebook, authorities said. "Not like I did something illegal, way too much to lose, to get there, but you will do what you think necessary."
The factual finding also states that there is likely to be reason to believe that both defendants have violated a law that makes it a crime to "intentionally and knowingly speak loudly, threateningly, or abusively, or to become disorderly or disruptive in the US Capitol to behave ”if this is intended to“ hinder, disrupt or disrupt the proper conduct of a congress session or one of the congress houses ”.
The duo will perform at a video conference Wednesday afternoon in a federal court in the western district of Virginia.
A number of law enforcement officers participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol while a number of police officers are being investigated to aid or pamper the rioters who forcibly overtook the building.
Brian Sicknick, U.S. Capitol Police officer, died in the attack.
Congressman says at least 2 Capitol police officers suspended for complicity
Online police communities are full of conspiracies and support for the Capitol insurgency
GOP refuses to comply with the new Capitol security rules after the riot
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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