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Chicago police officer charged in connection to January 6 Capitol riot

Karol Chwiesiuk is charged with knowingly coming into or remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, in accordance to a legal grievance filed Wednesday.

Chwiesiuk made a courtroom look Friday morning earlier than Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes in Chicago and was ordered launched on a private recognizance bond, in accordance to Assistant US Attorney Joseph D. Fitzpatrick of the Northern District of Illinois.

The FBI tracked Chwiesiuk via geolocation and communication information related along with his Google e-mail account and telephone, in accordance to the legal grievance.

Chwiesiuk allegedly despatched pictures of himself on the riot sporting a beige Chicago police sweatshirt and allegedly despatched messages earlier than the riot saying he was going to DC “to save the nation,” the legal grievance says.

The police officer went to the Capitol the night time earlier than the riot and took 44 pictures, which he despatched to three individuals, in accordance to the courtroom doc.

Chwiesiuk is accused of coming into Sen. Jeff Merkley’s workplace on January 6 and strolling via the Capitol Crypt, taking a photograph of himself contained in the Capitol, earlier than leaving via a damaged window, in accordance to the legal grievance.

CNN has reached out to his lawyer for remark.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown stated Chwiesiuk was (*6*) on June 2 after Brown turned conscious of Chwiesiuk’s alleged participation in the riot.

Chwiesiuk was a member of the Chicago Police Department for two ½ years, Brown stated.

“What happened in DC on January 6 was an absolute disgrace. The fact that a Chicago police officer has been charged in that attack on American democracy makes my blood boil,” Brown stated. “It makes me sick to my stomach. And yes, if these allegations are true, it breaks my heart.”

Chwiesiuk is due again in courtroom for a standing listening to on June 18 at 2 p.m. CT.

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