•   
  •   
  •   

US Capitol Police officer charged with obstructing Jan. 6 investigation

11:55  16 october  2021
11:55  16 october  2021 Source:   politico.com

These are the people the select committee may call to testify about the Jan. 6 Capitol attack

  These are the people the select committee may call to testify about the Jan. 6 Capitol attack Two weeks after its first public hearing, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack has yet to announce who else it plans to call to testify, though members have made clear that anyone with relevant information about the insurrection, including former White House officials, Republicans in Congress and even former President Donald Trump himself, could be subject to a subpoena. “If we get an inkling that there’s any resistance with providing the committee some of this information, boom, here comes the subpoena,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a recent interview with the Washington Post.

A Capitol Police officer has been charged with helping a Jan . 6 rioter attempt to obstruct justice by deleting incriminating social media posts, federal prosecutors announced Friday. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo A Capitol Police officer stands at the steps of the Senate at dawn in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27. In the two count indictment, prosecutors say the officer , Michael Riley, expressed support for the unnamed rioter’s political views and contacted him on Jan . 7 via Facebook direct message.

A veteran Capitol Police officer has been charged with obstruction of justice after allegedly urging a participant of the January 6 riot to delete Facebook posts showing him inside the building, and warning him of investigation . According to the charging documents, Riley actively communicated with a participant of the January 6 pro-Trump rally, which devolved into rioting and culminated in members of the crowd invading the Capitol building. The violence left five people dead, including one police officer .

A Capitol Police officer has been charged with helping a Jan. 6 rioter attempt to obstruct justice by encouraging him to delete incriminating social media posts, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

A Capitol Police officer stands at the steps of the Senate at dawn in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo A Capitol Police officer stands at the steps of the Senate at dawn in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27.

In the two count indictment, prosecutors say the officer, Michael Riley, expressed support for the unnamed rioter’s political views and contacted him on Jan. 7 via Facebook direct message. Riley encouraged him to remove incriminating evidence that he was inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. The rioter, identified only as “person 1,” was subsequently arrested.

Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence

  Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter's involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The officer, Michael A. Riley, is accused of tipping off someone who participated in the riot by telling them to remove posts from Facebook that had showed the person inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack, according to court documents. Riley, 50, appeared virtually in federal court in Washington and was released with several conditions, including that he surrender any firearms and not travel outside the U.S. without permission from a judge.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice over allegations he encouraged an alleged participant of the Jan . 6 riot to delete social media posts that showed the person joining the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol , authorities said Friday. US Capitol riots: Tracking the insurrection. ABC News See more videos. SHARE. SHARE. TWEET. SHARE. EMAIL. What to watch next. Mom sues school district over son’s COVID-19 diagnosis. ABC News. By the Numbers: ‘Immortal’ Henrietta Lacks honored posthumously. ABC News.

WASHINGTON — A 25-year veteran of the US Capitol Police was indicted this week on charges that he attempted to obstruct the investigation into the Jan . 6 riots by contacting a rioter and urging them to take down their social media posts from the scene. “Hey [Person I], im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley wrote, according to the government. “Take down the part about being in the building they are currently investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to charged . Just looking out!"

Riley, a 25-year veteran of the Capitol Police force, faces two counts of obstruction and is expected to appear in court Friday afternoon. He was on duty on Jan. 6 as part of a K-9 unit, but did not enter the Capitol building during the melee, according to the indictment. He was among the officers who responded to explosive devices placed near the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee offices.

“Obstruction of Justice is a very serious allegation. The Department was notified about this investigation several weeks ago,” said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger. “Upon his arrest, the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the case. The USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility will then open an administrative investigation.”

Right-Wing Radio Host Arrested and Charged with Stealing U.S. Capitol Police Officer’s Baseball Cap on Jan. 6

  Right-Wing Radio Host Arrested and Charged with Stealing U.S. Capitol Police Officer’s Baseball Cap on Jan. 6 A right-wing radio host stole the baseball cap worn by a U.S. Capitol Police officer who defended Congress on Jan. 6 and wore it during a live stream of one of his broadcasts, the FBI claimed in court papers released on Monday. The post Right-Wing Radio Host Arrested and Charged with Stealing U.S. Capitol Police Officer’s Baseball Cap on Jan. 6 first appeared on Law & Crime.A right-wing radio host stole the baseball cap worn by a U.S. Capitol Police officer who defended Congress on Jan. 6 and wore it during a live stream of one of his broadcasts, federal authorities claimed in court papers released on Monday.

“[I’]m a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley allegedly said on Facebook to the person before removing his own message later, according to NBC News. “Take down the part about being in the building they are correctly investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged . Just looking out.” Capitol Police said Riley has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of this case.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan . 6 riot. Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 25, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan . The announcement followed an internal review into officers ' conduct during the Capitol riot, which saw six officers suspended with pay and 29 others placed under investigation for their conduct during the attack. The report found six violations: Three for "conduct unbecoming," and one each for failure to

In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, the U.S. Capitol Police revealed that three dozen officers had been investigated for potential misconduct, and six had been suspended. But most of the cases were ultimately deemed to be unsubstantiated.

But Riley’s arrest adds a new and troubling element to the ongoing probes of the Capitol Police response to the riot. Some Democrats had long suspected that some Capitol Police officers may have sympathized with the rioters, pointing to selfies some were seen taking as the crowd milled about the Capitol. But those charges had not been substantiated. Riley’s case is the first concrete example.

The charging documents also suggest that the FBI was aware of the officer’s contact with “Person 1” in January. But Manger revealed that he didn’t learn about the case until recent weeks, and the officer continued to work in the department until his arrest. It’s unclear why there was a delay in communicating this evidence, which allowed Riley to continue working on the Capitol Police force for more than nine months after Jan. 6.

Texas residents rip teachers on Holocaust remark: 'There are not two sides to a genocide'

  Texas residents rip teachers on Holocaust remark: 'There are not two sides to a genocide' Jewish residents in Southlake, Texas, were among 50 plus who took offense to the district's "two sides" to the Holocaust stance at a board meeting.Jake Berman was among more than 50 community residents and former students who criticized the school district after its top administrator, Gina Peddy, last week advised teachers in a meeting to provide students with books that covered "opposing" perspectives of the Holocaust. Peddy was citing a Texas law that requires teachers to provide students with multiple perspectives when discussing controversial topics.

Washington — A Capitol Police officer has been arrested and charged with obstructing the investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol , the building he had sworn an oath to protect. According to a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday, Michael Angelo Riley, a 25-year A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter's involvement in the Jan . 6 insurrection. The officer , Michael A. Riley, is accused of tipping off someone who participated in the riot by telling them to remove posts

“[I']m a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley said in a Facebook direct message, according to the indictment. “Take down the part about being in the building they are correctly investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged . Capitol police will conduct their own administrative investigation , he said. Court documents said Riley, a member of the police K-9 unit, sent a Facebook friend request to a man described only as "Person 1" on Jan . 1. Both were in Facebook groups devoted to fishing.


Video: Four former Trump aides subpoenaed in Jan. 6 Capitol riot investigation (NBC News)

Riley made his initial appearance in federal court on Friday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey. He's slated to appear again on Oct. 26 before Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Gus Papathanasiou, the chair of the Capitol Police union, urged people to wait for more facts to emerge — as well as Riley's defense — before passing judgment on Riley.

"In this country, there is a presumption of innocence. All I ask is that everyone respect the process and let it proceed before rendering a judgment on this officer," he said in a statement.

According to prosecutors, Riley had never met the rioter he later communicated with but the two shared a love of fishing and were both in the same fishing-related Facebook groups. Riley, according to the indictment, viewed the alleged rioter’s Facebook posts attesting to being inside the Capitol and decided to make contact on Jan. 7.

“im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley wrote, according to the indictment. “Take down the part about being in the building they are currently investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged. Just looking out!”

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

  Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. The officer said his life was in danger. The next year, Joseph Allen was crossing in front of Nelson’s patrol car when the officer swerved and pinned him against a fence, breaking both his ankles. His justification: Allen was a dangerous criminal. In 2019, Nelson scuffled with Jesse Sarey after attempting to arrest him for disorderly conduct. He punched Sarey seven times and then shot him in the torso.

Prosecutors say the pair exchanged dozens of messages after that until the alleged rioter’s arrest on Jan. 19.

Riley subsequently deleted all of his contacts with “person 1” and sent a scolding message on Jan. 21 criticizing him for smoking inside the Capitol.

While Riley did note in a message to the unnamed riot suspect that the Capitol Police had “over 50 officers hurt, some pretty bad,” about 10 days after the riot, Riley invited the person to join him at his home in the future and to return to the Capitol, the indictment returned by a grand jury in Washington Thursday alleges.

“Next time you want to come to DC just call me, you can stay at my house on shore for free and bring your daughter to the museums,” Riley wrote, according to the indictment. “If you want to see the capitol building, lets do it legally next time….I know a guy who can get you a tour...lol.”

Despite the U.S. attorney's decision not to name "Person 1," the details of the case align closely with those of Jan. 6 defendant Jacob Hiles. Hiles was arrested on Jan. 19 and is a Virginia Beach-based boat captain who is known for a love of fishing. The statement of facts in his case notes that he smoked an "unidentified substance" inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. Hiles pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense related to his Jan. 6 conduct last month. He's set to be sentenced in December.

Hiles' attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Judge holds DC jail officials in contempt in 1/6 riot case .
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case involving a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant, a federal judge held the District of Columbia’s corrections director and jail warden in contempt of court Wednesday and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether inmates' civil rights are being abused. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth had summoned the jail officials as part of the criminal case into Christopher Worrell, a member of the Proud Boys who has been charged in the Jan. 6 attack. Capitol. He has been accused of attacking police officers with a pepper spray gel and prosecutors have alleged he traveled to Washington and coordinated with Proud Boys leading up to the siege.

usr: 1
This is interesting!