US Capitol police officer pleads not guilty to helping rioter hide Jan 6 evidence

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a US Capitol Police The officer has pleaded not guilty to the charges of obstructing justice after he allegedly told a Facebook contact to remove posts online from the rebellion on January 6.

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The indictment says Officer Michael Riley asked a person to remove any social media posts that showed they were present during the riots at the Capitol, when a pro-Trump crowd called Congress to elect President Joe Biden. The building was cordoned off in an attempt to prevent victory.

Mr Riley pleaded not guilty to two obstructions on Tuesday. A federal prosecutor told US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson that no plea has been presented. Law360 informed of.

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Prosecutors say Mr Riley, who was arrested on Friday, sent a private message to a man who posted selfies and videos from January 6 about being in the Capitol. Mr Riley was in the same Facebook groups that focused on fishing.

Mr Riley was granted pre-trial release on the same day of his arrest without prosecutor’s objection, but he must notify the court of all travel outside Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He cannot even contact many of the people on the list of potential witnesses in his case. Whatever weapon he has, he will also have to give up.

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The judge scheduled another hearing in the matter for November 29.

“[I’m] A Capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Mr Riley reportedly wrote to the rioters. “Part about being in the building they are currently investigating and whoever was in the building is going [be] accused. Just watching!”

“[I’m] Glad you got out there spotless, we hurt over 50 officers, some were very bad,” Mr Riley said.

More than 100 officers were injured on 6 January.

In January Mr Riley also told the man to “get off social media”.

“They are arresting dozens of people in a day. Everyone who was in the building engaged in violent acts, or destruction of property… and they are all being federally charged with felony,” he reportedly wrote.

Mr Riley also spoke to the person on the phone, with the person reportedly telling others that they were in contact with the “Capital Police” and that others should expect trespassing charges.

Mr Riley has been placed on administrative leave, according to US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger.

“Obstruction of justice is a very serious allegation. The department was informed about this investigation several weeks ago. Upon his arrest, the officer was placed on administrative leave till the completion of the case. The USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility will then open an administrative investigation,” Mr Manger said in a statement, CNN informed of.

The indictment states that Mr. Riley worked for the department for 25 years.

He was working in the K-9 unit on the day of the rebellion. Prosecutors say he was not working inside the Capitol building during the siege, responding instead to reports of an explosive device on Capitol Hill.

Mr Riley’s indictment did not identify the person he spoke to, but allegations state that the man was arrested on January 19 and the FBI asked the man about his communications with Mr Riley. Was.

The indictment says Mr Riley deleted his own messages from Facebook on January 20 and in a final message the next day, he said he was angry at the man smoking marijuana at the Capitol and because he was “a fool’s idiot”. were working”.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / US capitol

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