A police officer in Washington, DC saw rioters using military-style hand signals to communicate insideOn January 6, a law enforcement official told CBS News.
Identifying personnel using the tactics of small military units is among the “top priorities” of the sedition task force managed by the DCUS Attorney’s Office. The apparent use of “small unit tactics” trained for the military and law enforcement led to immediate scrutiny by investigators. CBS News has learned that these tactics have been seen both outside and inside the Capitol.
Federal investigators are reviewing photos that have appeared on social media, as well as thousands of hours of video footage from closed-circuit cameras located outside the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, the Capitol Building, and the Police Corps. Cameras.
Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, said Tuesday that his office is looking into possible charges of incitement conspiracy in its investigation into the riots.
Sherwin said the investigation into riot planning includes an examination of travel records, financial information and communications.
Prosecutors said on Thursday that a retired Air Force officer was arrested in Texas after appearing in a widely shared photo. Compact plastic handcuffs Because he was intending to “take hostages”.
US Attorney General Jay Weimer said of retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brooke Jr., who was also the subject of a new conversation, “He intends to take hostages. He intends to kidnap and restrain, and perhaps attempt, and possibly execute members of the US government.” Yorker article.
Federal authorities have charged more than 40 people in connection with the Capitol riots. They included two out of service Rocky Mountain, Virginia, police officers, Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson, all of whom faced a charge of entering or remaining in any prohibited building or land without legal authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly behavior. On the territory of the Capitol.
Fracker is a corporal in the Virginia National Guard and is not currently in service with the Virginia National Guard in Washington, DC. The Virginia National Guard will conduct an investigation.
In a complaint written by Robertson in a social media post, prosecutors wrote, “CNN and the left are only angry that we attacked the government that is the problem and not some random small business … **** the US Capitol Building. Keep pissing us off.”
Fracker posted a deleted comment since on Facebook that stated: “Lol anyone might be worried about a picture of me walking around… sorry I hate freedom? … not like I’ve done anything illegal … all you feel is needed. To, “according to the complaint.