Chicago police officer charged in connection to January 6 Capitol riot
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 6: Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. A pro-Trump mob later stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Five people died as a result. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
A Chicago police officer was arrested at his home Friday morning and is facing five federal misdemeanor charges in connection to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in Washington.
(CNN)A Chicago police officer was arrested at his home Friday morning and is facing five federal misdemeanor charges in connection to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in Washington.
Chwiesiuk allegedly sent photos of himself at the riot wearing a beige Chicago police sweatshirt and allegedly sent messages before the riot saying he was going to DC "to save the nation," the criminal complaint says.
Chwiesiuk is accused of entering Sen. Jeff Merkley's office on January 6 and walking through the Capitol Crypt, taking a photo of himself inside the Capitol, before leaving through a broken window, according to the criminal complaint.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Chwiesiuk was "relieved of his police powers" on June 2 after Brown became aware of Chwiesiuk's alleged participation in the riot.
Chwiesiuk was a member of the Chicago Police Department for 2 ½ years, Brown said.
The fact that a Chicago police officer has been charged in that attack on American democracy makes my blood boil," Brown said.