Chicago police officer charged in connection with US Capitol breach

Chicago police officer charged in connection with US Capitol breach

A Chicago police officer allegedly used the N-word and shared pictures of himself inside U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office and other parts of the U.S. Capitol building when bragging in text messages about his role the Jan. 6 breach. Three days before the insurrection, Officer Karol J. Chwiesiuk messaged an associate, saying he was “busy planning how to f—- up commies” during a conversation about unsuccessful lawsuits that had been filed to dispute the results of President Joe Biden’s election, federal prosecutors said Friday. Chwiesiuk then allegedly traveled from Chicago to Washington D.C. by car and joined the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. He was seen wearing a CPD hoodie in pictures taken at the riot, his criminal complaint shows. Chwiesiuk, who is charged with five misdemeanor counts, was asked to surrender his FOID card Friday and not possess a weapon or keep weapons in his home while he awaits trial on an unsecured $15,000 bond. U.S. Judge Gabriel Fuentes also told Chwiesiuk he cannot travel to Washington. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Supt. David Brown …
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