William Pope and his brother Michael Pope, who live in Idaho, were both charged with seven federal offenses related to violations of the Capitol
A Kansas man and his brother were arrested Friday on several federal charges related to their alleged involvement in the riots in the US Capitol last month.
William Pope of Topeka was arrested by the FBI and Topeka police officers without incident and being held in the Shawnee County Jail without bond.
He Admitted his involvement in the riots and claimed that he was not violent, but also said that he later reported himself to the FBI because “it was the right thing to do.”
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, the pope stated, “I was in the Capitol to abide by my First Amendment rights and remain loyal to the United States.” “The best way to change the fabric of our society is to maintain people’s confidence in the government’s own institutions.”
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Pope, 35, ran for Topeka City Council last year and by October 2020, he was listed as a Republican pre-committee member in Shawnee County. He Till 2019 also worked as an entry-level auditor for the Legislature of the Post Audit, the state’s official auditing agency.
Pope was also an assistant instructor at Fort Hayes State University from January 2016 to May 2020. And he was listed as a doctoral student in the Communication Studies Department of Kansas State University until Friday.
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Kansas State spokesman Michelle Gerring said the university is conducting an internal review and would not comment on future personnel action.
Caisson said Fort Cass State University spokesman Scott Casson said the school was not aware that the Pope’s political views had been incorporated into his teaching.
He He was charged with civil disorder; Entering and remaining in a restricted building or ground; Obstruct or obstruct any official proceedings; Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or ground; The passage through the Capitol grounds of the buildings; Disorganized conduct in the Capitol Building; According to the Capital-Journal, the FBI said that parades, demonstrations or picketing in the Capitol Building.
His brother, Michael Pope, of Sandpoint, Idaho, was also arrested on Friday and charged with the same crimes Newspaper Reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.