HuffPo: Federal authorities have arrested and charged two Virginia police officers who took a selfie during the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week when hundreds of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the seat of the legislative branch in an attempt to overturn the results of the election.
Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker, two members of the Rocky Mount Police Department in Virginia, took a selfie in front of a statute of John Stark, a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
Robertson and Fracker are charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry or disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Vincent Veloz, a special agent with the U.S. Capitol Police, wrote in a statement of facts that Robertson posted on social media that “we actually attacked the government,” and wrote that they “took the fucking U.S. Capitol” in one day. He also wrote that he was proud to have “put skin in the game.”
“If you are too much of a coward to risk arrest, being fired, and actual gunfire to secure your rights., you have no words to speak I value,” Robertson wrote in a message.
Fracker, on Facebook, wrote that he didn’t think he’d done anything wrong.
“Lol to anyone who’s possibly concerned about the picture of me going around… Sorry I hate freedom?” Fracker wrote on Facebook, authorities said. “Not like I did anything illegal, WAY too much to lose to go there but, y’all do what you feel you need to.”
The statement of facts also says there’s probable cause to believe that both defendants violated a law that makes it a crime to “willfully and knowingly utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct” at the U.S. Capitol when intended to “impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress.”
The duo will appear at a video conference in federal court in the Western District of Virginia on Wednesday afternoon.
I know Social Media is the devil but did it ever come in handy during the insurrection.
Over 200 federal arrests have been made since January 6th thanks to the stupid idiots who stormed the Capitol with their cell phones capturing everything they did. That’s not possible if we weren’t in love with social platforms. Thank god these guys are clinically stupid otherwise we might not know who Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker were.
We wouldn’t know that Jake Angeli was on a hunger strike for organic food in an Arizona Jail either.
Thanks to each one of these asswipes streaming habits, we know everything about everyone who broke into the senate to take a dump on the floor.
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) January 8, 2021
Keep streaming, idiots. It makes us all feel a lot safer.