Chicago cop charged for storming Capitol during January 6 riots

Chicago cop charged for storming Capitol during January 6 riots

Chicago police officer arrested for alleged role in Jan. 6 riot at U.S. Capitol

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A Chicago police officer has been identified and arrested for his alleged role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown.

Karol J. Chwiesiuk, an officer with the Chicago Police Department, was arrested Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CPD officers around 8 a.m.

Karol J. Chwiesiuk, 29, was taken into custody Friday morning at his home and faces five misdemeanor counts, including disrupting government business, unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint.

According to Chicago Sun-Times, Chwiesiuk was released on a $15,000 unsecured bond on Friday after appearing before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Chicago.

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The newspaper reported that the police department stripped Chwiesiuk of his powers and assigned him to desk duty. While at the Capitol, he allegedly entered and damaged the office of Sen.

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".

Alan Hostetter and 5 men from the far-right group allegedly plotted and broke into the Capitol.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Chwiesiuk was on leave from the department during the riot.

'What happened in DC on January 6 was an absolute disgrace, ' he said. "The fact that a Chicago police officer has been charged in that attack on American democracy makes my blood boil".

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'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.

Among those charged is a former La Habra police chief who founded a far-right group called the American Phoenix Project, which was formed to protest pandemic-related restrictions and has also helped pushed the lie that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the attack and hundreds of people were injured. 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.

More than 450 people from throughout the country have been criminally charged.

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