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Capitol Rally before the Capitol Siege from Wikiemedia Creative Commons by Tap the Forward Assist

Federal prosecutors this week formally charged a Houston Police Officer accused of taking part in the Capitol riots, reports the Texas Tribune.

Tam Dinh Pham is suspected of  knowingly entering a restricted government building and engaging in disruptive and disorderly conduct.

As AsAmNews reported last week, Houston’s Police Chief says others brought photos of Pham in the Capitol at the time of the siege to his attention. Pham resigned last week pending the federal investigation which Chief Art Acevedo predicted would result in federal charges.

According to Raw Story citing affidavits, Pham initially denied he entered the Capitol and had gone to DC with his wife on her business trip. He also denied being part of right wing groups that had promoted the rally.

He later admitted going into the Capitol to look “at the historical art on the walls and took photographs and videos inside.”

Appeal reported it had found at least 26 officers from 11 different police departments who attended the rally that sparked the riot.

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