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Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:48 PM

Ex-cop who stormed US Capitol is jailed after buying 37 guns and posting that 'violence' is better

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)A Virginia police officer who was fired after storming the US Capitol was jailed Wednesday by a federal judge because he ordered a large stockpile of guns and ammunition after his January arrest, and posted online in support of future political violence.

Thomas Robertson, a retired Army Reservist who later worked for the Rocky Mount Police Department, was one of the first rioters charged by the Justice Department.

He was released in January but re-arrested last month after investigators said they found a rifle and bomb-making material in his home, and also learned that he recently bought another 37 guns on the Internet. The decision from Judge Christopher Cooper means Robertson will stay behind bars until his case is resolved, which could take months or even drag into 2022.

His lawyer said Robertson is in solitary confinement, for his own safety, because he's a former police officer.


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/28/politics/capitol-insurrection-guns-stockpile-fired-cop/index.html

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Reply Ex-cop who stormed US Capitol is jailed after buying 37 guns and posting that 'violence' is better (Original post)
brooklynite Jul 28 OP
underpants Jul 28 #1
bucolic_frolic Jul 28 #2
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 28 #3
truthisfreedom Jul 28 #4
riversedge Jul 28 #7
rockfordfile Jul 28 #5
Justice matters. Jul 28 #22
AllaN01Bear Jul 28 #6
riversedge Jul 28 #8
marble falls Jul 28 #10
dianaredwing Jul 28 #9
generalbetrayus Jul 28 #13
getagrip_already Jul 28 #14
ProfessorGAC Jul 28 #17
Rural_Progressive Jul 28 #18
ProfessorGAC Jul 28 #19
patphil Jul 28 #11
SergeStorms Jul 28 #12
orangecrush Jul 28 #15
Wednesdays Jul 28 #16
LiberalFighter Jul 28 #20
brush Jul 28 #21

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:51 PM

1. Not Franklin County's finest

but probably not unusual

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 03:56 PM

2. People with specific criminal proclivities often seek employment

that places them in proximity to their proclivity.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 04:22 PM

3. 36 guns were not enough. Arming an army?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 04:35 PM

4. Glad they're staying in top of this guy's activities.

Sounds like a real charming fella.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:14 PM

7. Not one I want to meet.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 04:43 PM

5. These are un-American terrorist

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Response to rockfordfile (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 08:23 PM

22. Someone in his family (if any) should try to explain that to him...

and how the Constitution describes what must be done to domestic terrorists like him...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:03 PM

6. eep,

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:18 PM

8. The judge "told the son to hire an attorney."................

Now his son is in trouble.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/28/politics/capitol-insurrection-guns-stockpile-fired-cop/index.html

..............Robertson's lawyers argued unsuccessfully for his release. They claimed he is an "antique gun lover" and that the rifle in his bedroom was from World War II. They also said the alleged pipe bomb was "inert" and meant for training, because Robertson was a law enforcement instructor.
He pleaded not guilty to four counts, including felony obstruction of congressional proceedings.

The case took a turn last week when Robertson's son took the stand and testified that the M4 rifle belonged to him. The son, Hunter Robertson, also claimed under oath that FBI agents "did not" ask him about the rifle when they interviewed him while searching the house.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Aloi disputed the son's claim about the FBI and said he "has now given inconsistent statements to law enforcement," raising the possibility that he broke the law by lying. The judge said, "his testimony may incriminate him," and told the son to hire an attorney.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:43 PM

10. Their trying to outsmart everybody will be their downfall. Smart criminals slow their roll ...

... under oath. Hunter Robertson put himself into the brier patch.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:29 PM

9. That's an awfully expensive hobby

Where do people get that kind of money to buy that many antique guns?

Just curious.

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Response to dianaredwing (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:48 PM

13. My thought, too.

Maybe he paid for them in rubles.

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Response to dianaredwing (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:57 PM

14. the m4 is not an antique....

It's a modern automatic weapon.

The m1 is old, but it killed hundreds of thousands in its day.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 06:49 PM

17. I Fired One, Once

The Garand, not the carbine.
What a kick! If you left an eighth inch of space between the butt & your shoulder, I think you'd have a 2 week bruise.
As instructed, I fired it prone.
And, it's pretty heavy. I guess that's why they switched to the carbine.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 07:02 PM

18. I was in the last company of Coast Guard boots to use the Garand

before they switched over to the M-16.

You think it's heavy holding it, try having to high port around a quadrangle with it. For you non military types, I don't know if it is still done but in the day "high porting" was a particular form of punishment where you held the rifle in both hands, lifted it over your head until your arms were straight and then ran as far and as long as the individual administering the punishment decided you should.

Good times.

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Response to Rural_Progressive (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 07:06 PM

19. Bummer!

I'll pass on that opportunity, if that's ok!
Just carrying it to the range was plenty!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:44 PM

11. May this guy never see the Sun again except from through iron bars, or above high walls.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:48 PM

12. I'm glad he's off the streets.

And within days I expect him to be the latest right-wing "victim", crying about his "freedumbs".

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 06:21 PM

15. We should all



Breathe a little easier now.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 06:22 PM

16. The unrepentant need to be separated from society

for a long, long time. Else, I guarantee you they'll try another violent insurrection.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 07:31 PM

20. There need to be standards to result in police officers being fired.

And standards must include a prohibition on holding any position in law enforcement.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 07:48 PM

21. What a zip damn fool. He was released then flaunts buying weapons...

in the judge's face. Btw, the judge never should've let him out in the first place.

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