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Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:00 PM

Federal Officer Arrested At Capitol Rally With Gun Won't Be Charged

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement officer was arrested carrying a gun at Saturday’s rally at the U.S. Capitol billed to support the suspects charged in January’s insurrection but will not be prosecuted.

The 27-year-old New Jersey man is an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He was arrested by Capitol Police for illegally possessing a gun on the grounds of the Capitol after people in the crowd reported seeing him with a handgun and notified nearby officers.

His arrest and presence at the event were surprising because the rally was billed as an event to support those who have been charged in January’s riot. That riot left dozens of police officers beaten, bloodied and bruised as the crowd of pro-Trump rioters, some armed with pipes, bats and bear spray, charged into the Capitol, quickly overrunning the overwhelmed police force.

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Generally, under federal law, law enforcement officers are given reciprocity to legally carry their weapons in other states, even those with restrictive gun laws. But the law has an exemption for government property or military bases where it is illegal to carry a gun, like the U.S. Capitol.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said prosecutors were “not moving forward with charges” but did not provide additional information about the decision.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/customs-border-protection-officer-arrested-at-capitol-rally_n_6148d60de4b077b735e9580a

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Reply Federal Officer Arrested At Capitol Rally With Gun Won't Be Charged (Original post)
demmiblue Sep 21 OP
RockRaven Sep 21 #1
global1 Sep 21 #2
Historic NY Sep 21 #3
sarisataka Sep 21 #4
lagomorph777 Sep 21 #5
sarisataka Sep 21 #8
cbabe Sep 21 #6
lagomorph777 Sep 21 #7

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:03 PM

1. He'll be lauded as a victorious hero by his fellow brownshirts at CBP...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:27 PM

2. All It Takes Is One Guy Like This To Give The Repugs & Insurrectionists A Talking Point.....

I can hear them now claiming that this guy was a government plant to infiltrate this protest. You know that this is coming.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:29 PM

3. How does that happen.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:35 PM

4. He may not have broken any law

Since he is a Federal law enforcement officer, many otherwise restricted no carry areas do not apply.

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Response to sarisataka (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:40 PM

5. Was he on duty?

If not, then he should still be charged.

If so, he should be fired.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:43 PM

8. In most cases

No distinction is made between on or off duty. It is based on the theory a LEO is always "on duty"

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:40 PM

6. Did he forget his whip?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:41 PM

7. Yay, Garland!

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