Ex-Florida police officer arrested after live-streaming Capitol riots

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<p>Nicholes Lents, a former Miami cop, was arrested by FBI based on a Facebook live he posted from the Capitol building on 6 January </p> (Screengrab/Video )

Nicholes Lents, a former Miami cop, was arrested by FBI based mostly on a Facebook reside he posted from the Capitol constructing on 6 January

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A former Florida cop who entered the US Capitol with the rioters and reside streamed the trespass on Facebook from contained in the constructing, has now been arrested.

Nicholes Lentz, 41, was arrested on Friday on expenses of getting into a restricted constructing and disorderly conduct, identical as different rioters who had been recognized within the mob that entered the Capitol constructing on 6 January.

The FBI affidavit quoted byThe Miami Herald states that Mr Lentz posted a video the place he will be seen saying: “America has spoken. You cannot stop millions of people.”

“You can’t. It’s impossible. America has a voice, we give them the power, we give the power, the people give the power. And we’re here to take it back,” he went on to say.

Mr Lentz was related to the Miami seaside police division until August, 2020, and wasn’t a sworn officer on the time of the riot.

He additionally says: “We’re not here to hurt any cops, of course. I love my boys in blue, but this is overwhelming for them. There’s no way they can hold us back.”

The FBI interviewed Mr Lentz at his residence on Friday, the newspaper reported, quoting the affidavit, the place he admitted to getting into the Capitol throughout the riots together with the mob.

Mr Lentz reportedly instructed the FBI that he entered the Capitol constructing by way of the entrance door and stayed on the bottom flooring, remaining there for about two hours. He additionally denied committing any acts of violence and wasn’t charged with doing so.

“Lentz believed no one at the US Capitol seemed concerned about trespassing, nor were there any warning signs regarding trespassing,” the FBI affidavit says.

Over 260 individuals have been arrested and charged for crimes associated to the lethal Capitol riot the place 5 individuals, together with a police officer, misplaced their lives. Several present and former members of the navy have additionally been charged for crimes of trespassing.

The FBI remains to be making an attempt to establish individuals within the mob with the assistance of images and movies obtainable on-line.

Mr Lintz was introduced in court docket through Zoom within the southern district of Florida on Friday the place his bail bond was set at $25,000. His subsequent listening to is about for 26 February, the report mentioned.

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