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US Ex-police chief, 5 others charged in Capitol riot conspiracy

01:30  11 june  2021
01:30  11 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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  Capitol Police didn't act on warnings Trump backers would infiltrate Capitol, target Dems, report says The report found the Capitol Police command system broke down during the riot. One officer said a lieutenant asked via radio, "does anybody have a plan?"The report also says that officers complained about a lack of leadership within the department as they tried to repel the attack — and that top leaders were virtually silent as they begged for help.

Federal authorities charged five suspects, including a brother and sister, with conspiracy . Two allegedly associated with Proud Boys leaders during the attack. Federal authorities Thursday continued their pursuit of organized factions within the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last month, charging five suspects with conspiracy and other offenses for their alleged roles in the deadly attack. William Chrestman and Christopher Kuehne of Kansas; Luis Enrique Colon of Missouri; along with siblings Felicia Konold and Cory Konold of Arizona, were arrested Thursday after being identified

6 riot at the U.S. Capitol after agents said they searched his phone and found deleted selfies taken inside the building. Houston's police chief said last week that the officer, Tam Pham, had resigned. Pham initially told authorities during an interview Jan. 12 at his home in Richmond, Texas, that he traveled to Pham was among dozens of pro-Trump rioters whom federal investigators were searching for after the riot , which left five people dead, including a police officer. Among others facing charges are two Virginia police officers, a West Virginia legislator, an Arizona QAnon supporter seen carrying

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 U.S. Capitol is seen under dark skies in Washington, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, as barriers remain six months after the Jan. 6 attack. A Senate report examining security failures surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol blames missed intelligence, poor planning and multiple layers of bureaucracy for the deadly siege. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) © Provided by Associated Press The U.S. Capitol is seen under dark skies in Washington, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, as barriers remain six months after the Jan. 6 attack. A Senate report examining security failures surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol blames missed intelligence, poor planning and multiple layers of bureaucracy for the deadly siege. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Among those charged is a former La Habra police chief who founded a far-right group called the American Phoenix Project, which was formed to protest pandemic-related restrictions and has also helped pushed the lie that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. At least some of the men charged are believed to have ties to the Three Percenters antigovernment extremist movement, according to court documents.

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A police officer was beaten, a rioter was shot, and three others died during the rampage. Signs and flowers were placed at a memorial for U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick around the Peace Monument outside the Capitol in Washington.Credit Shawn Thew/EPA, via Shutterstock. Her family said Ms. Boyland was in recovery from drug addiction and wanted to become a substance-abuse counselor, but had also gone down a dark tunnel of online conspiracies . Some family members said they vehemently disagreed with Ms. Boyland’s decision to travel to Washington and urged her not to go.

The acting chief of the US Capitol Police has apologised to Congress for not having done enough to prepare for the pro-Trump riot earlier this month. "The department prepared in order to meet these challenges, but we did not do enough," said Yogananda Pittman, who took over when the ex - chief "I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the department," added Chief Pittman, who was not yet in charge of the department on the day of the attack. Two days before the violence, former Capitol Police chief Steven Sund had requested that a state of emergency be declared, she said.

They are accused of conspiring with one another in a plot to block the certification of President Joe Biden's victory. The U.S. Department of Justice has brought similar conspiracy cases against members of other far-right extremist groups, the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, in its sweeping prosecution of the deadly Jan. 6 riot.

In court documents, authorities describe how the American Phoenix Project founder, Alan Hostetter, used his group in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 to advocate for violence against people who supported the results of the election. During a “Stop the Steal” rally held in Huntington Beach on Dec. 12, Hostetter warned that “Trump must be inaugurated on Jan. 20th."

“And he must be allowed to finish this historic job of cleaning out the corruption in the cesspool known as Washington D.C. The enemies and traitors of America both foreign and domestics must be held accountable. And they will. There must be long prison terms, while execution is the just punishment for the ringleaders of this coup," Hostetter said, according to the indictment.

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The Capitol police force has primary jurisdiction over the Capitol building and grounds, but its police chief reports to a three-person board. Earlier this year, the Senate found that none of the board members had a full understanding of their own authority to request National Guard assistance. Two of the three members have since resigned. One of the recommendations the report makes is to allow the Capitol police chief to get a direct response from the National Guard rather than awaiting Pentagon approval. media captionThree accounts of politicians of the US Capitol riot .

Thousands of pro-Trump supporters descended on the US Capitol on January 6. Nearly five months later, 510 people have been charged with crimes. George Pierre Tanios watches as a video of the January 6th storming of the US Capitol is shown during his hearing on charges of pepper-spraying Capitol police officers, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on March 22, 2021, in this courtroom sketch from a video feed of the proceedings.

Bilal Essayli, Hostetter’s lawyer, said he expected to have more information after an afternoon court appearance. He said Hostetter surrendered to authorities and he expected he would be released from custody.

“From what I can tell in the indictment, my client is not accused of committing any violence,” Essayli said. “He did not enter the actual Capitol building, so we’re very troubled with the nature and the extent of the charges that are brought.”

Authorities said that later in December, another defendant, Russell Taylor, posted in a Telegram chat in response to a question about when to be at the Capitol on Jan. 6, “I personally want to be on the front steps and be one of the first ones to breach the doors!”

On Jan. 1, the six men joined a Telegram chat called “The California Patriots-DC Brigade” along with more than 30 other people to coordinate ahead of the riot, authorities said. Taylor wrote that the chat was being used to “organize a group of fighters to have each other's backs" and asked them to identify if they had any pervious law enforcement or military experience or “special skills relevant to our endeavors.”

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6, Capitol Police were ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control weapons, according to a scathing new watchdog report. The report offers the most devastating account to date of the lapses and miscalculations around the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries.Credit Jason Andrew for The The Civil Disturbance Unit, Mr. Bolton wrote, was “operating at a decreased level of readiness as a result of a lack of standards for equipment.” In particular, Mr. Bolton focused in on an embarrassing lack of functional shields for Capitol Police officers during the riot . Some of the shields that officers

Capitol rioters face 20 YEAR sentences for sedition and conspiracy : FBI FINALLY addresses MAGA mob riot and says it DID tell Capitol Police about the siege plot as prosecutors vow to charge hundreds. Steven D'Antuono, the head of the FBI's Washington Field Office, said agents shared information on The Chief of the Capitol Police resigned, as have the Sergeant at Arms of both the House and the Senate. Extremists are using the encoded app Telegram to plot attacks on the January 20 inauguration of Joe Biden and share how to make, conceal and use homemade guns and bombs.

Days before the riot, Hostetter warned in a post on the American Phoenix Project’s Instagram account that “things are going to come a head in the U.S. in the next several days.”

On Jan. 6, Taylor and Hostetter were part of the group trying to push through a line of officers on the West Terrace, authorities say. As they moved toward the building, Hostetter declared that “the people have taken back their house" while Taylor urged the rioters inside, authorities said.

Messages were left for the attorneys listed on the court’s website for three other defendants: Erik Scott Warner, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele. One of the lawyers, David Kaloyanides, said he did not believe he would be handling Kinnison’s case.

It was not immediately clear whether Taylor or another man, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, had attorneys or when they would have court appearances.

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Associated Press reporter Amy Taxin contributed to this report from Orange County, California.

Senate investigation of insurrection falls short .
The report on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol leaves many questions unanswered; it details what went wrong but not why. The investigators appended former President Trump's Save America rally speech to their report but did not consider whether his remarks incited violence. According to the New York Times, the bipartisan nature of the investigation seriously limited its scope, as "Republicans refused to ask questions about the riot that could turn up unflattering information about Mr. Trump or members of their party." Lack of cooperation also hampered the investigation.

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