Capitol cop charged for helping Jan. 6 rioter hide evidence

"Hey I'm a Capitol Police officer who agrees with your political stance," the officer wrote to one of the rioters

By Brad Reed

Published October 16, 2021 8:30AM (EDT)

Riot police push back a crowd of supporters of US President Donald Trump after they stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
Riot police push back a crowd of supporters of US President Donald Trump after they stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

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A veteran of the Capitol Police has been indicted for obstructing justice after he allegedly tipped off a Trump supporter on Facebook and advised him to take down photos he posted of himself at the MAGA riot.

Via Law and Crime's Adam Klasfeld, a newly unsealed indictment charges that U.S. Capitol Police Officer Michael Angelo Riley went on Facebook the day after the Capitol riots and advised an unidentified rioter to remove photos he'd posted of himself at the siege.


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"Hey I'm a Capitol Police officer who agrees with your political stance," Riley allegedly wrote. "Take down the part about being in the building they are currently investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged. Just looking out!"

Prosecutors say that this was the first time that Riley and the rioter had been in contact one another, although Riley mysteriously sent the rioter a friend request days earlier. According to prosecutors, both Riley and the rioter "were avid fisherman and members of fishing-related Facebook groups."

See a portion of the indictment below:


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