A former Florida police officer has been arrested after he entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and posted a reside video to Fb from contained in the constructing, in keeping with the FBI.
The Miami Herald reports that former North Miami Seashore police officer Nicholes Lentz, 41, was arrested on Friday. He has been charged with coming into a restricted constructing and disorderly conduct, the identical costs which have been levied towards nearly all of these arrested for his or her involvement within the Capitol breach.
Lentz, a former U.S. Marine, left the North Miami Seashore police division in August of 2020 after 4 years, the Herald stories. He’s not at the moment a sworn police officer in Florida.
In response to courtroom information obtained by the Herald, Lentz posted a video of himself contained in the Capitol constructing on Fb. Lentz instructed the FBI he stayed contained in the Capitol for about two hours, the Herald stories, and has not been charged with committing any acts of bodily violence.
“America has spoken. You cannot cease thousands and thousands of individuals,” Lentz says within the video in keeping with the FBI affidavit.
“We’re not right here to harm any cops, after all. I like my boys in blue, however that is overwhelming for them. There’s no manner they will maintain us again,” Lentz added.
The FBI interviewed Lentz at his house on Friday, the newspaper stories, throughout which he admitted to coming into the Capitol constructing. He reportedly instructed the FBI he “drove by means of the night time from Florida to Washington, D.C., arriving within the early hours of Jan. 6” to make it to the “Cease the Steal” rally held by former President TrumpDonald TrumpGovernors in hot water over their coronavirus response DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Did Biden just endorse ‘human rights with Chinese characteristics’? MORE.
“Lentz believed nobody on the U.S. Capitol appeared involved about trespassing, nor have been there any warning indicators concerning trespassing,” the FBI stated. “He said that, regardless of the foregoing, ‘after all you understand you’re trespassing.’”
The Pentagon earlier this month introduced a plan to extra aggressively fight extremism throughout the ranks after it was reported that one in 5 individuals charged within the Capitol riot have been present or former members of the navy. A handful of present or former legislation enforcement officers have additionally been arrested in reference to breaching the constructing.
Lentz appeared in courtroom by way of Zoom and posted a $25,000 bail. His subsequent courtroom date is about for Feb. 26 by means of Zoom in D.C.