Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection
New internal documents provided by former Facebook employee-turned-whistleblower Frances Haugen provide a rare glimpse into how the company, after years under the microscope for the policing of its platform, appears to have simply stumbled into the Jan. 6 riot.
Former Virginia 5th District Rep. Denver Riggleman hired as senior staff in Jan. 6 committee
A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol has hired former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman as a senior staff member, bringing on the one-term Virginia lawmaker as GOP leaders have criticized the panel as too partisan.
New chief selected for Capitol Police after Jan. 6 insurrection
A police official who has run large departments in Maryland and Virginia has been selected as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which pro-Trump rioters stormed the building in a violent rage, disrupting the certification of Joe Biden's presidential win.
FBI: Militia-style group surveilled Capitol weeks after riot
A Virginia man charged with joining the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol told an undercover FBI agent that he belonged to a militia-style group and coordinated "surveillance efforts" on the same building more than a month after the riot, according to a court filing unsealed on Tuesday.
Elliston man believed to have taken part in U.S. Capitol riot goes before federal judge
Left: Photo of Jeremy Groseclose from criminal complaint RIGHT: Photos authorities believe show Jeremy Groseclose at and inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Elliston man arrested for his suspected participation in the riot at the U.S. Capitol by the FBI last week appeared virtually before a federal judge Tuesday. Jeremy Groseclose was arrested at his home in eastern Montgomery County on Feb. 25 after someone in the community turned him in. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with the initial bond release approved by Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou in Roanoke the day he was arrested. AdGroseclose’s attorney also said the equipment was purchased after the incident at the Capitol is and is unrelated. Faruqui did not object and instructed Groseclose to work with the FBI on that request.
Ex-girlfriend turns in Capitol riot suspect after he called her a ‘moron’ in a text, authorities say
A disrespectful text led to one Capitol riot suspect being turned in to the FBI by his ex-girlfriend, authorities told NBC News. Another read: “This is our country do you think we live like kings because no one sacrificed anything. Court documents showed several pictures of Michetti inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 sporting a Chicago White Sox baseball cap. AdThe riot left five people dead, including Capitol police Officer Brian Sicknick. Michetti is charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct and obstructing congressional business, according to NBC.
FBI arrests Montgomery County man it believes took part in U.S. Capitol riots
Pictures at the Capitol helped authorities track Jeremy Groseclose down. He went before a judge in Roanoke’s federal court shortly after his arrest and was released on a $20,000 bond. In federal court filings, investigators say he came on the radar after two people submitted tips to the online tip portal. AdThe complaint went on to say Groseclose was inside the Capitol for more than two hours. His case will be transferred to D.C. Federal Court to be tried with the others.
Former Rocky Mount officers plead not guilty to charges, barred from possessing firearms while awaiting trial
On Thursday the two former Rocky Mount police officers charged in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol appeared virtually in federal court. During the proceedings, the attorneys for Jacob Fracker, 29, and Thomas Robertson, 47, entered not guilty pleas for their clients. Both men are charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly conduct in the Capitol. Both men’s attorneys requested the video and body camera footage that prosecutors plan to use in their case; however, prosecutors want to protect that evidence. AdBoth men are currently released on recognizance, and because of that, they must follow certain requirements, one of which is not possessing firearms.
Virginia Tech expert explains how violent extremism played a role in Capitol riot
BLACKSBURG, Va. – In the wake of the riot at our nation’s Capitol on January 6, a Virginia Tech expert is offering some insight into violent extremism in our country and how to prevent it. Ashley Reichelmann is an assistant professor of sociology and the Associate Director for The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. Violent extremism is a non-mainstream religious or political belief that goes hand-in-hand with violent behavior. Reichelmann said things like the riot at the Capitol, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the violence of the Charlottesville rally are all examples. AdReichelmann also said that people typically get involved in violent extremism unintentionally, either by clicking on a link in an internet rabbit hole or the link is shared by a friend or family member.
Former Rocky Mount officers plead not guilty to four federal charges against them
The two former Rocky Mount police officers charged in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month pleaded not guilty on Tuesday afternoon. Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson have been indicted on the following charges in connection with the riots on Jan. 6:Obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abettingDisorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted buildingEntering and remaining in a restricted buildingDisorderly conduct in the CapitolBoth men were fired from the Rocky Mount Police Department last week. A date for their next hearing has not yet been announced. 10 News has followed this story closely since it began. Here’s a look at all we’ve published, from newest to oldest:
Two former Rocky Mount police officers each indicted on four federal charges connected to Capitol riots
The two former Rocky Mount police officers charged in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month now face new charges. Both men were fired from the Rocky Mount Police Department last week. The two posted the photo above of themselves on social media inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.10 News has followed this story closely since it began. Here’s a look at all we’ve published, from newest to oldest:
Family member, local activist react to Rocky Mount police officers firing
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson are no longer employees of the Rocky Mount Police Department. Both were fired Tuesday, a few weeks after the photo above of them surfaced on social media, sparking a federal investigation. At the address listed for Fracker, his mother-in-law answered the door and said that he does not live there. Hopefully, this will be a lesson learned to all our future officers, integrity is with you on and off the clock.”The Town of Rocky Mount released a statement that reads:“The Rocky Mount Police Department has terminated employment for officers Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson effective Tuesday, January 26. The actions by two have driven our beautiful town into the national spotlight in ways that do not reflect our whole community and the people who call Rocky Mount home.
Two Rocky Mount officers charged in Capitol riots have been fired
The two police officers who posted photos of themselves on social media inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots have been fired from their jobs. The town of Rocky Mount released a statement stating that Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson have been terminated as of Jan. 26. This comes after the two officers were suspended without pay on Friday. Below is the full statement from the town of Rocky Mount:
Rocky Mount officers charged in Capitol riots suspended without pay
Rocky Mount police officers who were inside Capitol on day riots took place face a judgeROCKY MOUNT, Va. – The two police officers who posted photos of themselves on social media inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots have been suspended from their jobs. The Town of Rocky Mount released a statement on Saturday saying Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker have been suspended without pay on Friday. Officials said this action was taken as part of their ongoing cooperation with the federal investigation of both officers. “We are fully aware of the serious nature of the information contained in the federal arrest warrants and are continuing to assist with federal agents as they investigate this matter,” officials wrote in the statement. According to authorities, the town and the Rocky Mount Police Department are prepared to finish the investigation into the matter early next week.