Former police officer who texted ‘we stormed the Capitol’ arrested

A former Salt Lake Metropolis police officer was arrested after federal legislation enforcement found he allegedly despatched textual content messages admitting he “stormed” the US Capitol on 6 January and posed for {a photograph} subsequent to a bust of Abraham Lincoln, in accordance to federal filings.

Michael Lee Hardin joined a crowd of people that breached the Capitol throughout a joint session of Congress, texted his location to family and friends, and claimed former president Donald Trump “is the rightful president”, in accordance with federal prosecutors.

Mr Hardin, a 20-year officer who retired from the drive in 2017, appeared in a digital federal listening to on Friday.

He has been charged with illegal entry, disorderly and disruptive conduct, and disorderly conduct and “parading, demonstrating or picketing” contained in the Capitol constructing, in accordance to a felony grievance filed on 1 April.

In keeping with Justice Division filings counting on suggestions from two individuals linked to him, Mr Hardin texted a number of messages after becoming a member of the Capitol mob:

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“We stormed the Capitol, I’m in right here now!”

“I do know you don’t like Trump, however He’s the rightful President!”

“We are going to return till we win!”

He additionally despatched out a photograph of himself smiling whereas standing subsequent to a bust of former president Lincoln contained in the Capitol Crypt, paperwork present.

(US Division of Justice)

Federal authorities additionally obtained his location information by means of a search warrant served on Google, revealing {that a} cell machine related along with his electronic mail handle was current on the Capitol on 6 January, information present.

The FBI and Utah State Bureau of Investigations coordinated his arrest.

He’s amongst greater than a dozen present and former legislation enforcement officers who had been arrested and charged in reference to the Capitol rebellion, fuelled by the previous president’s huge lie of a “stolen” election in an try and threaten lawmakers and forestall certification of the votes for Joe Biden.

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