Capitol Police Officer Faces Fees Of Obstruction Of Justice

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A member of the capitol police was indicted with two felony counts of obstruction of justice expenses in reference to the Jan 6 assault. Based on CBS affiliate WUSA 9, officer Michael Angelo Riley friended somebody on Fb simply days earlier than the assault.  

The day after the assault, Riley allegedly warned the consumer to delete posts containing pictures and commentary related to the assault on the Capitol. The Division of Justice introduced Friday that Riley was arrested in connection together with his actions.  

With over 25 years of legislation enforcement expertise, he was launched on his personal recognizance after a court docket look Friday afternoon. Riley is scheduled for a listening to on Oct. 26.  

From the data offered, Riley was not on obligation within the Capitol constructing on Jan. 6 however did reply to a report of a potential explosive system close to the Capitol complicated. On the finish of its assertion, the DOJ burdened that indictments aren’t convictions and individuals are harmless till confirmed responsible.  

Whereas this can be true, Riley’s actions and sympathy for the person listed in federal paperwork as “Particular person 1” illustrate the bigger considerations of anti-democracy sentiments inside legislation enforcement ranks.  The indictment signifies {that a} evaluate of the proof reveals that Riley and “Particular person 1” exchanged dozens of messages on Jan. 7.       

At one level, Riley suggested “Particular person 1” to go away social media to keep away from discussions concerning the particular person’s conduct on Jan. 6. He even gave “Particular person 1” his cellphone quantity to debate the person’s posting and involvement points. He additionally suggested the particular person to delete particular posts due to the continuing investigation. 

After studying the FBI was all in favour of his correspondence with “Particular person 1,” Riley deleted all of his messages with the person. He then tried to play it off as if he immediately realized about the true nature of the person’s actions.

Extra from the indictment:

On January 21, 2021 — 12 days after he acquired and acknowledged a video and photograph of Particular person 1 smoking contained in the U.S. Capitol — Riley despatched Particular person 1 a Fb direct message stating:

Hey [Person 1], one other mutual good friend was speaking about you final evening. I attempted to defend you however then he confirmed me a video of you within the Capitol smoking weed and appearing like a moron. I’ve to say, I used to be shocked and dumbfounded, since your story of getting pushed within the constructing with no different selection now appears not solely false however is an entire lie. I really feel like a moron for believing you…I used to be so mad final evening I deleted all of your publish, however I wished to textual content you this morning and allow you to know that I’ll not be conversing with you.

See Additionally:  

Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd Defends Killing Rioter Ashli Babbitt: ‘I Saved Numerous Lives’ On Jan. 6 

Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn Testifies He’d By no means Been Referred to as N-Phrase In Uniform Till Jan. 6: ‘Is This America?’ 



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