Federal officials have arrested a Chicago police officer for his alleged role in violating the U.S. Congress in January that disrupted the Electoral College vote count and led to an extensive criminal investigation.
Karol J. Chwiesiuk was charged with five counts and appeared before U.S. Judge Gabriel Fuentes in Chicago on Friday. for which he received an unsecured $15,000 bond.
Fuentes ordered Chwiesiuk to surrender his FOID card, unarmed or to keep weapons in his home while awaiting trial. He was unable to travel to Washington.
The criminal complaint filed against Chwiesiuk Friday alleges he used racism in the text and bragged about his stay in the Capitol, where he was seen wearing a CPD hat.
Three days before the uprising, Chwiesiuk sent a message to the attendees saying, US Attorney Joe Biden “was busy planning how to make comedies”; during a conversation about an unsuccessful lawsuit filed to contest the outcome of the presidential election, said US Attorney Joe Biden. He then allegedly traveled from Chicago to Washington and joined the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
In a January 6 message, he allegedly bragged that “Knock commi last night,” Chwiesiuk also photographed himself at the Capitol – including inside the building – while wearing a brown hoodie with the Chicago Police logo on the chest, according to the complaint.
In another message, Chwiesiuk wrote, “There are so many black people here I actually don’t believe it,” and in a message a week later about his stay in the Capitol, he sent a racial message, writing “N—-a don’. t snitch”.
A selfie of Chwiesiuk texting during the riots appeared to show him inside the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Chwiesiuk has been identified inside the Capitol in several more photos.
Chwiesiuk was arrested at around 8 a.m. Friday.
Chwiesiuk has been stripped of police power and assigned a desk job, according to his attorney Tim Grace, a lawyer for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, which represents the titular CPD officer.
CPD hired Chwiesiuk in December 2018 and lives on the Northwest Coast with his parents, Grace said. He previously worked as a deputy with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
Chwiesiuk was most recently assigned to work in the western Harrison County, Grace said.
Chwiesiuk is at least the 10th person from Illinois who has been charged in violation of the U.S. Capitol, and he’s fourth on that list from the Chicago area. earlier this week Federal officials have charged Christian Kulas from Kenilworth of such violations.
Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit on behalf of Kevin J. Lyons this week. It has made further charges against the Chicago man who was originally charged in January. due to being accused of violating
Hundreds of people have been charged across the country over the riots at the US Congress. and has gathered a huge amount of evidence prosecutor said Probably the largest investigation in US history.