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Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 16

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  1. skybrian
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    Off-duty police were part of the Capitol mob. Now police are turning in their own [...]

    Off-duty police were part of the Capitol mob. Now police are turning in their own

    Acevedo, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, said the behavior is so egregious that it is often fellow officers who are alerting police chiefs and others to their colleagues’ participation in last week’s mob attack on the Capitol.

    It marks a notable break in the so-called “blue wall of silence,” an aspect of police culture that encourages officers to turn a blind eye to misconduct by fellow officers. Craig Futterman, who directs the University of Chicago Law Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, said the Capitol riot was different.

    “The ‘Code of Silence’ is fundamentally about loyalty to your fellow officer and that ‘no one understands what we’re going through but us,’ ” Futterman said. By contrast, there’s something “fundamentally anti-police” about storming the Capitol, he said.

    [...]

    A Washington Post analysis shows that at least 29 current and former officers attended the Jan. 6 rally, with some proceeding to the Capitol, according to a review of officers’ social media accounts, FBI reports and news reports.

    Of those, at least 13 officers are under investigation for possible participation in the rioting, as well more than a dozen Capitol Police officers who may have assisted the mob that seized the Capitol.

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    suspended
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    Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire EDIT: Biden will elevate White House science office to Cabinet-level: He has selected geneticist Eric Lander, who helped map the human genome, to lead...
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    1. cfabbro
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      Some more positive news/announcements from the incoming Biden admin too: Biden immigration package to offer 11 million immigrants pathway to citizenship Biden will make White House visitor logs...
      7 votes
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    cfabbro
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    Capitol Police arrested a man with an ‘unauthorized’ inauguration credential and a gun. He calls it an ‘honest mistake.’

    Capitol Police arrested a man with an ‘unauthorized’ inauguration credential and a gun. He calls it an ‘honest mistake.’

    The U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man at a security checkpoint in Washington on Friday after he flashed what an officer described as an “unauthorized” inauguration credential and a search of his truck found an unregistered handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition, the authorities said.

    A federal law enforcement official said that the man, Wesley A. Beeler, 31, worked as a contractor, and that his credential was not fake, but was not recognized by the police officer. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the arrest.

    Mr. Beeler’s father, Paul Beeler, said in an interview that his son was part of a security team working alongside the Capitol Police and the National Guard, and that his son must have simply left his personal gun in his truck. Wesley Beeler has an active private security license in Virginia and was approved to have a handgun, shotgun or patrol rifle while on assignments, according to a state website.

    “It was an honest mistake,” Mr. Beeler told The Washington Post after being released on Saturday afternoon. He said he had been working a security job in Washington, was running late to work, and had forgotten that his firearm was in his truck. He denied having 500 rounds of ammunition, as listed in the police report.

    “I pulled up to a checkpoint after getting lost in D.C. because I’m a country boy,” he told The Post. “I showed them the inauguration badge that was given to me.”

    Mr. Beeler, of Front Royal, Va., had driven up to a security checkpoint less than half a mile from the Capitol grounds on Friday evening and presented “an unauthorized inauguration credential,” according to a statement from a Capitol Police officer filed in a District of Columbia court on Saturday. The officer, Roger Dupont, said that he had checked the credential against a list and found that it did not give Mr. Beeler authority to enter the restricted area.

    A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police later described the credential that Mr. Beeler had shown as “nongovernment issued.”

    Mr. Beeler was charged with five crimes, including possessing a weapon and ammunition in Washington without having it registered as required. He and his lawyer did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

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      gpl
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      This is a weird one because it does seem plausible that it was an honest mistake? Is this guy really employed by a security firm working alongside capitol police? This article just quotes his...

      This is a weird one because it does seem plausible that it was an honest mistake? Is this guy really employed by a security firm working alongside capitol police? This article just quotes his father claiming that. It seems weird that he would have a non-government issued ID in that case. It's also not clear why they would claim he has 500 rounds of ammo if he didn't, as he claims. It seems like one party here isn't being forthright with what happened.

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        cfabbro
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        Yeah, it is a bit strange... however, I think the biggest giveaway is in the charges, which is why I specifically quoted them despite being in the middle of the article: If he really was working a...

        Yeah, it is a bit strange... however, I think the biggest giveaway is in the charges, which is why I specifically quoted them despite being in the middle of the article:

        ...including possessing a weapon and ammunition in Washington without having it registered as required.

        If he really was working a security job as he claims, or alongside the Capitol Police and National Guard as his father claims, you would think he would have been informed on DC's gun laws before arriving there. You would also think whoever hired him would have been his first call, and they could have cleared this mess up before charges were filed. That doesn't seem to be the case though. But I intend to keep an eye on this one for updates, since that is not a smoking gun by any means, and I agree that this could all just be a huge misunderstanding.

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          suspended
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          There's, also, the consideration with all media reporting that the general public may never know all of the details about any serious investigations in the USA. To explain, there are very...

          There's, also, the consideration with all media reporting that the general public may never know all of the details about any serious investigations in the USA.

          To explain, there are very sensitive and covert operations happening on a level that will, more than likely, never see the light of day.

          Most of us fall inside the realm of a 'need not know' part of reality when it comes to most things that transpire on a federal level (and this same methodology could easily be applicable at any level of politics).

          Most of us live in a propagandized world when it comes to local, regional, and national politics.

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          1. cfabbro
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            You would think prosecutors would have been made aware of the subject being involved in any such "covert" operations before they filed charges though, and I also highly doubt any legitimate...

            You would think prosecutors would have been made aware of the subject being involved in any such "covert" operations before they filed charges though, and I also highly doubt any legitimate government agent would be dumb enough to attempt to use unrecognized credentials to try to get into the most well protected city in the US right now either. So I don't think what you suggest can explain this situation. IMO the most likely explanation is either it was an honest mistake, as he said is the case, or he had some nefarious intent. Only time will tell though, I guess.

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    2. RapidEyeMovement
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      I think we are gonna get a couple of these non story type of stories in the coming days as everyone is hyper vigilant.

      I think we are gonna get a couple of these non story type of stories in the coming days as everyone is hyper vigilant.

      U.S. attorney’s office for the District asked a judge to issue a stay-away order. Beeler was released on personal recognizance, which prosecutors did not object to, even when the judge asked three times whether the government wished him to be held ahead of trial.

      A person with knowledge of Beeler’s actions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is pending, said Beeler has no extremist ties, cooperated fully with law enforcement and was cleared from further investigation, except for the charge of violating District law by carrying a pistol without a license.1

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  4. cfabbro
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    Hotel pulls plug on Hawley fundraiser

    Hotel pulls plug on Hawley fundraiser

    Loews Hotels announced Saturday that it won’t host a planned fundraiser next month for Sen. Josh Hawley at one of its Florida properties.

    “We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels.”

    While the statement doesn’t mention the Missouri Republican by name, a political action committee affiliated with Hawley’s re-election, Fighting for Missouri PAC, was scheduled to hold a Valentine’s Day weekend fundraiser for the senator Feb. 12-15 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla., near the Universal Orlando theme park.

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