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Tag: U.S. Capitol Police

Secret Service Tipped Off about Neo-Nazi Threat on Jan. 6

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By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service was warned about threats against U.S. Capitol Police made by at least one neo-Nazi group ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

The Secret Service was monitoring Vorherrschaft Division after a member of the neo-Nazi group made a threat on the far-right messaging site Telegram, according to emails obtained by Crew.

“We need boots on the ground and voices loud enough to be heard for miles. That’s the only way things are going to change,” one of the messages warned. 

In another post, the same member urged users to “push for more nationalist policies and attitudes.”

The threat was originally spotted by SITE Intelligence Group, a non-governmental organization tracking white nationalists and extremist groups. In December 2020, the group sent the threat to the Secret Service under the subject line, “NEO-NAZI calls on D.C. Pro-Trump Protesters to Occupy Federal Building.”

The Secret Service passed on the message to the Capitol Police, which responded, “Thanks bro!”

The Secret Service received additional tips, including one about an person who would be coming to D.C. with ballistic helmets, armored gloves and vests, rifles and suppressors.”

The Secret Service has come under fire for not taking threats more seriously. 

Man Charged with Assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges

Officer Brian Sicknick

By Steve Neavling

A West Virginia man accused of assaulting U.S. Capitol Police Office Brian D. Sicknick during the Jan. 6 insurrection pleaded guilty Wednesday to reduced charges as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. 

George Tanios was charged last year with dousing Sicknick with chemical spray during the riot. 

Sicknick died a day after the attack. It was originally believed that Sicknick died from injuries sustained during the attack, but an autopsy later revealed that he died of natural causes. 

Tanios pleaded guilty to one count of illegally entering a restricted area and one count of disorderly conduct, The New York Times reports. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed an assault charge.

Tanios now faces up to a year in prison on each of the misdemeanor charges.

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Porn

us-capitol-police-badgeBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — In April, Dennis Craig Bell was a Sergeant with the U.S. Capitol Police. Today, the 27-year police veteran is a convict and another statistic in the ugly world of child pornography.

The Woodbridge, Va. resident pled guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to distributing child pornography. He faces a minimum of five years in prison when sentenced Oct. 22.

Bell, 55, first peaked the interest of  authorities in December 2009 when he was flagged using a peer-to-peer network set up to share child pornography, according to an FBI affidavit.

At that time, Detective David Abbott of the Manassas City Police Department was able to track down Bell’s home address through his IP address.

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U.S. Capitol Police Officer Found Passed Out and Drunk in Stranger’s Bed

us-capitol-police-badgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Message to U.S. Capitol police officer Thomas Patrick McMahon: Dude, you’re not in college anymore.

The Washington Post’s Allison Klein reports that an Arlington, Va. woman came home to her apartment early Sunday morning and found McMahon of Reston, Va., drunk and passed out in her bed.

Funny thing was, the two had never met, the Post wrote in a story first reported on WUSA-9 tv. McMahon was charged with unlawful entry and placed on paid administrative leave.

“I don’t know if it looks similar to his apartment in Reston or what,” Arlington police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal told the Post. “Thankfully, nobody was hurt.”