Two off-duty police officers charged with engaging in attacks against U.S. government agencies last week and taking a selfie during the riot are facing federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson each faced deliberate entry and exit and remain in restricted buildings, including violent entry and disorderly conduct in the Capital area, they were charged on Tuesday. Federal court and was arrested on Wednesday.
Two Rocky Mount, Virginia officials, who arrived more than 200 miles to attend last week’s event in D.C., are among dozens of people charged by federal prosecutors. Violent Trump supporters stormed the City Hall in an attempted coup that killed five.
After the City Hall attack, two police officers posted pictures of themselves inside the building on social media and sent a copy to their colleagues in the police department, according to testimony.
In a statement, the Rocky Mount Police Department said officers were given parental leave and the case was under review.
In one social media post, Robertson himself described the state agency̵7;s abuse as an attack.
“CNN and the Left are crazy because we really attack the government in question, not random small businesses,” he posted on social media, according to court records. “One day right, take the US agency f ***** to tease us”
On Facebook and Instagram, Robertson added that he was proud that “Willing to put the skin in the game,” according to the testimony, he claimed that he was allowed to enter the building by the town hall police.
Although the selfies showed them that they were committing a crime, Fracker did not worry about it that his friend was apparently raised on Facebook.
“Haha, for anyone who might be worried about my pictures walking around,” wrote Fracker. “Sorry I hated freedom, sorry I fought so hard and lost my friends for it. It’s not that I did anything illegal. Too to go there But do what you feel you want.