An 18-year veteran of the Houston Police Department is under federal investigation for his participation in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
On Sunday, a citizen sent Acevedo a picture of the patrol officer carrying a Trump flag outside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 rally, Acevedo said.
The officer, who was not identified, had also posted a photo of himself at the Capitol on Facebook.
Acevedo said he responded by contacting the FBI to launch a joint investigation into the officer’s role in the riot.
“There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from a police officer,” Acevedo said. “I can’t tell you the anger I feel at the thought of a police officer, and other police officers, thinking they get to go storm the Capitol.”
After determining that the officer had entered the Capitol during the riot, Acevedo placed him on paid administrative leave and scheduled a disciplinary hearing for this Friday following a required two-day waiting period.
Acevedo said the officer will likely face federal charges.
Doug Griffith, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, said he has not spoken to the officer. Since the officer wasn’t acting in a law enforcement capacity at the time, he said the union will not be involved.
“When you enter the Capitol knowing it’s a crime, well, then you have to deal with the punishment coming along with that,” Griffith said.
The Houston officer is expected to submit his resignation Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
A similar investigation is underway in Seattle, where at least two police officers are on administrative leave for alleged involvement in the riots, while the New York Police Department is also investigating at least one officer who may have taken part in the riots.
In Philadelphia, a police detective has reportedly been reassigned after traveling to Washington in support of President Tweety McTreason on Jan. 6, while later responding to a tweet from Vice President Mike Pence expressing condolences for the death of a Capitol Police officer by calling Pence “a traitor and a cabal operative and pedophile!”