A Houston police officer has been placed on leave and is expected to resign after he stormed inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday, adding the officer will likely face federal charges as law enforcement agencies across the country continue to look into whether their officers took part in the riots.
A police car drives away from the U.S. Capitol after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the ... [+] Capitol building following a "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Getty Images
The officer, who was not identified, is an 18-year veteran of Houston police who was photographed holding a Trump flag at the Capitol, Acevedo said.
A similar investigation is underway in Seattle, where at least two police officers are on administrative leave for alleged involvement in the riots, while the New York Police Department is also investigating at least one officer who may have taken part in the riots.
In Philadelphia, a police detective has reportedly been reassigned after traveling to Washington in support of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, while later responding to a tweet from Vice President Mike Pence expressing condolences for the death of a Capitol Police officer by calling Pence “a traitor and a cabal operative and pedophile!”
The Houston officer is expected to submit his resignation Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“He got into the Capitol. I’m highly confident he will face federal charges,” Acevedo said.
Several other investigations are taking place in regard to law enforcement’s involvement in the riots, including by the Capitol Police themselves. On Monday, Capitol Police announced the suspensions of “several” officers and the opening of an investigation into at least 10 of its members. Though there were clashes between police and the Trump-backing rioters that turned deadly, reports on the ground mentioned instances of some Capitol Police officers actually helping rioters invade the building they were there to protect. The Army is also investigating a psychological operations officer who led a group of 100 Trump supporters to Washington from North Carolina.
Rioters are starting to face consequences for their actions, whether through being arrested or otherwise. A Maryland man, for example, was fired from his job after being photographed inside the Capitol while wearing his work ID badge.