A rising number of police officers and other public servants from across the United States are being questioned or arrested in connection with the seditious, deadly riots that took place at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 6. Here is a list of the incidents and individuals who have been investigated or apprehended:
A New Jersey naval contractor named Timothy Hale-Cusanell (described as an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer” in court papers) has been charged with unlawfully entering restricted grounds, obstructing a law enforcement officer, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.
According to a criminal complaint and arrest warrant filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Hale-Cusanelli, 30, is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and a contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle, where he has a “secret” security clearance and access to “a variety of munitions.”
Robert Sanford, a retired firefighter from Pennsylvania, was arrested by federal authorities Thursday for allegedly throwing a fire extinguisher that hit three police officers, one of which was hospitalized after being struck in the head (Sanford was seen on video wearing a Chester Fire Department hat during the riots).
Two off-duty Rocky Mount, Virginia, police officers, Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson (an Army veteran and trained sniper), have been charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct after posting photos of themselves making an obscene gesture inside the Capitol.
On Friday, the U.S. Army said that Fracker is a corporal in the Virginia National Guard, making him the first known active military service member charged in the attack on the Capitol.
Christine Priola, a former occupational therapist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct, knowingly entering a restricted building and unlawful activities on Capitol grounds, after she was photographed inside the chamber of the U.S. Senate carrying a sign that said, “The Children Cry Out For Justice.”
The day after the rally, Priola, 49, submitted a conspiracy-filled letter of resignation to the school district, stating said she would be “switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government agencies and children’s services agencies.”
Roxanne Mathai, a jail lieutenant and 8-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, was reported to the FBI by her superiors after she posed for selfies amid the chaos at the Capitol last Wednesday and has been placed on unpaid leave pending results of an internal investigation into her involvement.
According to a Reuters report, two unnamed Pennsylvania teachers, one from Allentown and the other from the Susquehanna Township, posted pictures from the rally on social media, and both are under investigation (An online petition to fire the Susquehanna teacher has gathered more than 5,000 signatures).
At least two Seattle police officers are on administrative leave due to their alleged involvement in the riots, and the city’s Office of Police Accountability has opened an investigation into whether any Seattle Police Department policies were violated or if any illegal activities need to be “referred for criminal investigation.”
Derrick Evans, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, faces criminal charges of entering a restricted area after he recorded a Facebook Live video in which he shouts, “We’re in! We’re in, baby!” as he and other insurrections breached the Capitol building (He has since resigned).
An off-duty Houston police officer, who has not yet been not identified, was placed on administrative leave last week, is expected to resign, and will likely face federal charges after being photographed holding a Trump flag at the Capitol.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Monday that the New York Police Department is investigating at least one active member of the NYPD for their potential involvement in the attack.
Philadelphia police have taken away Detective Jennifer Gugger’s gun and reassigned her from her position as a background checker for police recruits after the department’s Internal Affairs unit uncovered social media posts revealing she attended the protests.
Andrew Williams, a firefighter and paramedic from Sanford, Florida, was arrested Tuesday after being identified in a photo sent anonymously to a Florida TV news station that shows him donning a Trump 2020 hat while pointing to a Nancy Pelosi nameplate inside the halls of the Capitol. (Williams’ lawyer said that President Trump and the Capitol Police “encouraged despicable behavior,” but that “Mr. Williams took part in none of it”).
Virginia Senate Democrats have moved towards a censure of Republican Sen. Amanda Chase after she attended Trump’s speech at the rally (In the days following the riot, Chase called the insurrectionist protesters “patriots” and falsely claimed antia activists were responsible).
In response, Chase said it was “outrageous” that the Senate would consider reprimanding her when other others participated protests over racial equality following the death of George Floyd, and that she would “not be lectured about accepting election results by the same politicians” who “refused to accept our election results” and orchestrated an all-out attack on the legitimization” of President Trump.
The Capitol Police announced Monday it suspended several officers that violated Department regulations, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that as many as 15 instances of misconduct by Capitol Police are under investigation.
According to Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, one of the Capitol police officers took a selfie with someone with a rioter, and another wore a MAGA hat while directing insurrections inside the building.
Regarding the above-named individuals facing charges, Forbes has attempted to reach them, or their attorneys, for comment.
The siege by insurrectionists who charged past barricades and law enforcement to infiltrate the Capitol building resulted in the death of five people, including Brian Sicknick, a U.S. Capitol Police Officer, who “was injured while physically engaging with protesters.” After returning to his division office following the conflict, Sicknick collapsed. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died. Officials have said that approximately 50 police officers were injured in clashes with the pro-Trump mob. Three of Congress’ top security officials (Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund, House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving and Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael C. Stenger) have announced their resignations.
“The fundamental question will be, ‘Is being present at the rally in and of itself a violation of department policy?'” said Andrew Myerberg, the SPD’s Office of Police Accountability’s civilian director. “And I just don’t know that yet. I think it really depends on what they did and what their role was in those events.”
100. That’s the number of criminal cases, linked to the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, brought by the Justice Department as of Friday afternoon.
In a case of mistaken identity, a retired Chicago firefighter named David Quintavalle was called a “terrorist” and accused of hurling a fire extinguisher at cops during the riot, but was reportedly grocery shopping in Chicago at the time. According to online outlet Patch, “Twitter exploded with unsubstantiated claims” that Quintavalle, who retired from the fire department in 2016, was the bearded “#extinguisherman” seen in a surveillance video and was wanted by the FBI. However, Robert Sanford, a firefighter from Pennsylvania, was arrested for the alleged crime Thursday. “Social media has killed David Quintavalle,” said his attorney, John Nisivaco. “This has been an absolute disaster to him personally and his family. There’s a cop car outside his house.”