A Chicago police officer was arrested Friday and charged for his alleged role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. He said Hostetter surrendered to authorities and he expected he would be released from custody.
The police superintendent said Chwiesiuk was relieved of his police powers on June 2, as soon as federal authorities informed the department of their investigation. "He did not enter the actual Capitol building, so we're very troubled with the nature and the extent of the charges that are brought". Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat.
In one message to a friend before the attack, he said he was going to Washington D.C., to "save the nation" and was "Busy planning how to (expletive) up commies". He also allegedly sent photos of himself inside the Capitol.
Authorities said that later in December, another defendant, Russell Taylor, posted in a Telegram chat in response to a question about when to be at the Capitol on January 6, "I personally want to be on the front steps and be one of the first ones to breach the doors!" "The fact that a Chicago police officer has been charged in that attack on American democracy makes my blood boil".
"We have a zero-tolerance for hate and extremism of any kind within the Chicago Police Department", Brown added. "And if you harbor such ignorance in your heart, you should take off your star now and find another line of work, or I'll do it for you". He is not accused of attacking police or vandalizing property.
Chwieiuk arrived in Washington on January 5 and stayed at The Mayflower Hotel under a reservation made by his sister, authorities said.
New court documents unsealed on Thursday revealed that Alan Hostetter, the former La Habra, California, police chief, started a far-right group called the American Phoenix Project, which organized anti-COVID lockdown protests and amplified former President Donald Trump's lies about election fraud in the 2020 election.
Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the attack and hundreds of people were injured. He added that his client "doesn't know numerous people on this indictment". His attorney, Tim Grace, said Chwiesiuk has been a Chicago police officer since 2018 and that he previously served as a Cook County sheriff's deputy.