UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: The arrest warrants have been released for the two officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department who attended last Wednesday’s rally in Washington, D.C. and were among those who stormed into the U.S. Capitol.
The arrest warrants show Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker are both facing charges including:
- Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
- Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds
Both Robertson and Fracker are on administrative leave from the Rocky Mount Police Department.
Court documents say that based on the information received, “there is probable cause to believe that Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker violated 18 U.S.C. § 1752(a) (1) and (2) which makes it a crime to (1) knowingly enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do; and (2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) — Two police officers in Rocky Mount are now facing federal charges after taking part in the protests that ended up inside of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
The two officers had already been placed on administrative leave over the weekend after the Rocky Mount Police Department learned about their attendance at the pro-Trump rally.
However, the department released a statement on Wednesday, Jan. 13, announcing the charges:
“Two Rocky Mount Police Department Officers were charged by federal authorities with misdemeanors stemming from their presence at an event in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.
The Town’s review of this matter is ongoing and the officers remain on administrative leave.”Rocky Mount Police Department
One of the two officers released a statement on Monday, Jan. 11, to WFXR News, saying:
“I’m not allowed to make video or audio statements. My only statement is I was in a place that I was let into by Capitol Police, who gave me a bottle of water and told us to stay within the roped areas.
The photos circulating were never meant for a public post. They were sent to various coworkers who were concerned about us because of the news. I support the Constitution of the United States for all Americans. Voter fraud is not a white, black, or Hispanic issue…it’s an American issue. I am shocked that people are trying to equate protesting voter fraud with racism.
I’ve been a police officer for 27 years with zero complaints of racism. I am a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan where I was wounded severely. I fought and bled for the rights of all Americans.
This is a photo I took from where I was at the Capitol. No riots, violence, tear gas, or theft. I understand that most of the violence occurred on the street side. I was nowhere near there.
It also should show there were better than a million people there. Pennsylvania Ave is packed with people from the Capitol to the Washington monument.”OFFICER THOMAS ROBERTSON, ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPARTMENT
Later that same night, Officer Jacob Fracker too released a statement to us:
“I don’t have anything official to say except this: I love this country and EVERYONE in it. My entire adult life has been dedicated
to protecting my fellow Americans. I’ve never once cared about skin color, religion, political views, sexual orientation or anything. Americans are Americans, we bleed the same. We suffer the same. I have taken and renewed oaths time and time again because of my sense of duty to my community and my country. I have fought against terrorists who threatened our way of life. I’ve put away drug dealers who would have seen to our children getting addicted to their product just so they could make a buck. I have earned and held many titles, Marine, Soldier, Police Officer, combat veteran, husband, father, and on and on. But at the very top of that list is a title I was born into. Luckily I might add, and that title is American. I do not and probably will not ever understand why my expression of grief against what very many Americans would consider tyranny, got turned into a racial debacle. Maybe some people’s agendas are just to cause havoc at the beckoning of a higher more corrupt power, but again I have no idea. In conclusion, my love for my fellow countrymen has no bounds, to go as far as me willingly giving my life for any other person in this country.”
OFFICER JACOB FRACKER, ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPARTMENT
The charges stem from posts on social media that showed Robertson and a fellow officer inside of the Capitol building in Washington.