Houston Police Officer Was Part Of Mob That Stormed The Capitol, HPD Says Chief Acevedo…

Houston’s Police chief Art Acevedo

The uniden­ti­fied cop is on admin­is­tra­tive leave and will like­ly face fed­er­al charges, the police chief said. A Houston police offi­cer could face fed­er­al charges after alleged­ly tak­ing part in the U.S. Capitol riot, HPD Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday.
The uniden­ti­fied offi­cer has been placed on admin­is­tra­tive leave Wednesday and faces a dis­ci­pli­nary hear­ing with the chief on Friday.
“He has a date with me,” Acevedo said. “There’s a high prob­a­bil­i­ty this per­son will be charged with fed­er­al charges.”

The chief said he received a tip Sunday that one of his offi­cers stormed the Capitol.
After check­ing his Facebook page, Acevedo con­firmed the offi­cer attend­ed the ral­ly, which is his con­sti­tu­tion­al right.
But a joint inves­ti­ga­tion with the FBI lat­er found the offi­cer was part of the mob that stormed the Capitol.“There’s no excuse for crim­i­nal activ­i­ty – espe­cial­ly from a police offi­cer,” Acevedo said. “I can’t tell you the anger I feel at the thought of a police offi­cer or oth­er police offi­cers think­ing they get to go storm the Capitol; or any mem­ber of the mil­i­tary or mem­bers of the Secret Service.”
The sus­pect is a patrol offi­cer and 18-year vet­er­an, and it appears he trav­eled alone to Washington, D.C.
“As an American, when I saw the con­fed­er­ate flag in the Capitol — in the rotun­da — that angered me. And the thought of off-duty police offi­cers par­tic­i­pat­ing in that, I can’t tell you what that does to me.”

The chief also said they are beef­ing up police pres­ence city­wide in advance of the inau­gu­ra­tion, but there are no known threats to the Houston area.
Earlier this week, an FBI bul­letin warned all cap­i­tal cities in the U.S. to be on the alert.

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