Sunday, 10 January 2021

FBI asks NYC Fire Dept to identify firefighters who took part in the Capitol siege after rioter was spotted in FDNY jacket - while department receives tip offs that other members were involved

 Federal agents are investigating claims that New York City firefighters participated in the Capitol siege.

One rioter was spotted wearing an FDNY jacket - which read FDNY Squad 252 -outside the Capitol on Wednesday. Squad 252 is based out of Brooklyn.

The firefighter has not been named but is said to be retired. 

FDNY told  New York Daily News that they had received anonymous tips offs about at least one current New York firefighter who was not wearing his uniform during the siege but was recognized from the footage.

The FBI is investigating whether FDNY members participated in the Capitol building siege after at least two firefighters were pictured at Wednesday's riot

The FBI is investigating whether FDNY members participated in the Capitol building siege after at least two firefighters were pictured at Wednesday's riot


FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer told the newspaper that 'The department received anonymous allegations that active or retired members were present at the events at the United States Capitol on January 6 and, as required, has provided that information to the FBI.'

It's unclear what information was given to federal agents, but officials told the newspaper no arrests or suspensions have been made in association with the Wednesday riots.  

A Twitter user posted the photo, tagging the official FDNY Twitter account asking: 'do explain why your firefighters were at the insurrection?'

A Twitter user, who appears to have deleted their account, tweeted out the photo of a man wearing a FDNY Squad 252 jacket. He is believed to be retired

A Twitter user, who appears to have deleted their account, tweeted out the photo of a man wearing a FDNY Squad 252 jacket. He is believed to be retired

A Twitter user posted the photo, tagging the official FDNY Twitter account asking: 'do explain why your firefighters were at the insurrection?'

The Twitter account appears to have been deleted since the tweet was written.  

As of Saturday, prosecutors have filed at least 17 cases against alleged Capitol rioters. Several people were arrested after being pictured during the siege. 

Among them are West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans, 35, who was newly sworn in when he streamed himself entering the Capitol on Facebook Live; Adam Johnson, 36, was was photographed carrying off Speaker Nancy Pelosi's podium, and Richard Barnett, 60, who was pictured with his feet on Pelosi's desk. 

Charges in the cases include assaulting police officers, entering restricted areas of the Capitol and stealing federal property. 

Other cases are said to be sealed, while authorities search for dozens of other people. 

The US attorney in Washington, DC, said that 'all options were on the table' when it came to charging the riots, including possibly sedition, ABC 7 reported. 

Florida firefighter Andrew Williams is shown pointing to a sign while in the Capitol building Wednesday
Williams, with the Sanford Fire Department, was put on leave with pay during the investigation into his actions

Florida firefighter Andrew Williams (pictured) was put on leave with pay as the Sanford Fire Department investigates his participation in the Capitol riot after pictures of him there surfaced. He is show pointing to a sign while in the Capitol building Wednesday

Florida firefighter Andrew Williams, with the Sanford Fire Department, was outed as having participated in the Capitol riot after a photo of him from the incident was emailed to News 6, which lead to his identification. 

Williams was seen in a photo wearing a Trump 2020 hat and pointing at a sign that said 'Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.' Video of him at the riot was also reported to exist.  

The Sanford Fire Department told the news station that an investigation into the situation was launched. 

Williams has been put on leave with pay during the investigation. 

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