A patrol officer who served an 18- year tenure at the Houston Cops Department was put on administrative leave Wednesday early morning, as federal authorities investigate his participation in the violent Capitol riot that took location in Washington, D.C., last week.
Houston Cops Chief Art Acevedo shared preliminary details related to the officer’s involvement, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) ensuing questions, during a telecasted news conference. The police chief kept in mind that he took additional actions to verify the officer’s identity before getting in touch with Perry Turner, special agent in charge at the FBI’s Houston Division, about his conduct.
The FBI and Houston Authorities Department started a joint examination into the officer’s actions in the future Sunday, according to Acevedo’s newest comments. In addition to placing the officer on leave, Acevedo stated that he served the individual with a 48- hour notice advising him to appear at a disciplinary hearing with the chief on Friday. Acevedo revealed suspicion as to whether the officer would appear.
The unknown officer stormed the Capitol complex together with countless Donald Trump’s fans last week, after the sitting president hosted a rally held to baselessly reject his loss during November’s basic election. His followers’ chaotic attack on the Capitol, which took place as Congress met to license President-elect Joe Biden’s triumph, triggered 5 deaths and lots of injuries. A group of rioters breached the complex, taking pictures and recording videos from inside the building’s rotunda and passages.
” This individual … penetrated the Capitol,” said Acevedo. As the FBI’s investigation persists, he informed reporters at Wednesday’s interview that the officer will likely face federal charges.
” There’s a high possibility this person will be charged with federal charges, and rightfully so,” he continued. “And I ‘d be surprised if they appear Friday to my hearing.”
” Let me let me just say this. There is no excuse for criminal activity, specifically rom a police officer,” the chief included. “I can’t tell you the anger I feel at the idea of a police officer, and other policemans, thinking they get to go storm the Capitol.”
A Houston Authorities Department representative referred Newsweek to Chief Acevedo’s press conference remarks in response to an ask for remark.