ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Two Rocky Mount Cops now face federal prices in reference to final Wednesday’s occasions on the U.S. Capitol.
The officers, Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson, every face a cost of knowingly getting into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and a cost of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
On Wednesday afternoon, the 2 appeared nearly in federal courtroom in Roanoke for his or her first listening to.
In the course of the listening to, the federal government introduced it could not search jail time for the 2 males, who’re every on a $15,000 unsecured bond.
The federal government needed them to put on GPS monitoring ankle bracelets, however the decide felt that was not obligatory attributable to them being law enforcement officials and army veterans.
Not solely are the 2 males banned from going to Washington, D.C., additionally they barred from collaborating in any demonstration or protest whereas out on bail.
Each males are additionally required to surrender all their firearms.
The picture above of the 2 males in entrance of a statue of John Stark throughout the Capitol was taken someday after 2 p.m., however earlier than 8 p.m. on Wednesday, in line with the felony grievance filed in federal courtroom.
The grievance gives the textual content of a social media publish made by Robertson, “CNN and the Left are simply mad as a result of we really attacked the federal government who’s the issue and never some random small enterprise… The fitting IN ONE DAY took the f***** U.S. Capitol. Hold poking us.”
The grievance additionally mentions two social media posts that 10 Information confirmed you on Sunday afternoon.
When 10 Information reached out to Robertson, he advised us he wanted the investigation to be over earlier than he talked to us, however mentioned the image was taken “lengthy after any dysfunction and we have been let in and escorted by Capitol Police.” He added “I walked via an open door guarded by two Capitol law enforcement officials, was handed a bottle of water by then and requested to remain inside a roped space, which we did.”
The felony grievance dismisses what Robertson mentioned to completely different media retailers due to his earlier social media saying that he had “attacked the federal government.”
Moreover, in line with Vincent Veloz, the particular agent with U.S. Capitol Police who wrote up this assertion of details, on the time the image was taken, the Capitol was on lockdown and each males being inside was with out lawful authority.
Their subsequent courtroom look can be on Jan. 19.
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