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April 13, 2023
A federal officer arrested at the ‘Justice for J6’ rally will not face criminal charges for carrying a gun on Capitol Grounds. Reports identify the man as a 27-year old U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from New Jersey.
Capitol Police searched his person after other attendees claimed he was carrying a handgun. The U.S. Attorney Office in Washington told the Associated Press (AP) it will not persecute the officer, although the case has moved to the hands of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency after the Homeland Security Department inspector general received notification of the arrest.
AP reported, “Two law enforcement officials said the officer was not at the rally in any official capacity. The officials could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.”
In a statement, the agency said they are reviewing the incident before conducting an investigation. They wrote, “CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission and expects officers to adhere to the oath they take to uphold the laws of this country.”
The ‘Justice for J6’ protest was held on Saturday, September 18th near the Capitol Building in solidarity with hundreds of demonstrators who were arrested after partaking in the January 6th demonstrations. Many remain in custody without receiving charges or due process.
Conservative figures including Donald Trump Jr. suggested the event was a set-up by federal authorities. Social media users suggested federal agents organized and attended the event with the goal of arresting more “insurrectionists” who were present on January 6th.
After national outrage surrounding the Capitol demonstrations, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi launched a congressional investigation into the matter. Initially, Republican lawmakers blocked efforts to create a bipartisan committee through a filibuster.
However, since the committee was empaneled in the House, it did not need approval from the Senate. Pelosi proceeded with selecting Democrat and Republican members, including Adam Schiff and Liz Cheney.
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