ROCKY MOUNT, Virginia. – A Virginia police officer who was put on leave after surrendering during his off hours to events that culminated in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol said he had done nothing wrong.
Sgt. TJ Robertson told The Roanoke Times that he and Officer Jacob Fracker, of the Rocky Mount Police Department, had done nothing illegal in Washington on January 6, when a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump did. burst into Capitol Hill after Trump repeated false allegations of voter fraud. at a rally near the White House.
Five people were killed, including a Capitol Hill police officer and a Trump supporter.
Robertson has said he does not support the violence that has taken place inside the Capitol.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “That it happens like this is absolutely ridiculous. ”
Robertson said he and Fracker entered the building around 2 or 3 p.m.
“We were escorted by the Capitol police, we were shown around and we were told: ‘As long as you stay here you are fine. “’They stayed in cordoned off areas,” he said.
Robertson said he and Fracker were unaware at the time that the rally had turned violent.
“The Capitol building is as big as our city,” he says. “Where I was, there was no violence. There were no fights with the police. The door was wide open and the police were actually handing out bottled water to people entering. ”
The Rocky Mount Police Department said on Sunday that it informed federal officials that two of its off-duty officers were in attendance at an “event” in Washington on January 6.
“The Town of Rocky Mount fully supports all legal expressions of freedom of speech and assembly by its employees but does not condone the illegal acts that occurred that day,” a city statement said.
City Manager James Ervin and Police Chief Ken Criner did not return phone and email messages seeking comment.
The Roanoke Times reported that in a screenshot of a Facebook post circulating on social media, Robertson wrote: “CNN and the left are just crazy because we actually attacked the government which is the problem and not a small business at random. ONE DAY took the f —— US Capitol. Keep stinging us. ”