Two Seattle officers who were at Capitol during Jan. 6 incident – but didn’t enter building – fired for being there

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SEATTLE, WA – According to reports, two Seattle Police officers that were found to have been present during the riot at the Capitol on January 6th were fired by the SPD chief for reportedly being among those who breached an established barrier at the Capitol Building.

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz fired officers Caitlin and Alexander Everett, which the former officers are a married couple, on August 6th, following a months’ long investigation to the couple’s alleged conduct while being present at the Capitol during the January 6th riot.

According to Chief Diaz, the two officers were ultimately terminated once it was determined that “they crossed the outdoor barriers established by the Capitol Police and were directly next to the Capitol Building.”

The Seattle Police chief added that there isn’t a reasonable argument that can be entertained in the realm that perhaps the two officers were unaware that they were in a restricted area after they’d moved beyond the established barrier on the day of the incident:

“It is beyond absurd to suggest that they did not know they were in an area where they should not be, amidst what was already a violent, criminal riot.”

Chief Diaz noted that former officers Caitlin and Alexander Everett’s presence at the Capitol during the riot that day served as “an attack on our profession and on every officer across the country.”

Apparently, Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability found that the Everetts also violated the law by their alleged trespassing at the U.S. Capitol during the riot, however, it is unclear if the two former officers are under an official criminal investigation by federal authorities.

The investigation into the two officers was launched after it was revealed that Caitlin Everett posted a photo on Facebook of her and Alexander Everett at the Capitol during the riot.

The report on the two terminated officers also found that the Evertetts’ lied to investigators regarding the riot at the Capitol. Reportedly, the two former officers told investigators that they didn’t see any sort of disturbance or rioting from where they were situated at the Capitol on January 6th.

Yet, photos reportedly showed the couple “directly next to” the Capitol building at about 2:30 p.m. – approximately 30 minutes after the matter had been declared a riot.

Despite the Everetts’ claims about being oblivious to the riot, the report found that within their “line of vision, numerous people were scaling a stone wall to the Capital steps, climbing the scaffolding, and crowds were surrounding the building.”

Chief Diaz did not mince his words when expressing his disappointment wit these two former officers:

“Hundreds more, across all agencies called to respond, bear the physical and emotional scars of that day. The participation of these two officers in that crowd is a stain on our department, and on the men and women who work every day to protect our community, serve those in need, and do so with compassion and dignity.”

The Everetts were among four other Seattle Police officers present at the Capitol on January 6th, but the other four officers reportedly claimed to have not been involved in the riot and their identities have not been revealed by officials.

Those four officers that have been cleared by the Office of Police Accountability are currently embroiled in an active lawsuit against several individuals who have filed public records requests to have their identities revealed – despite the four officers not having been found to violate SPD policy or any laws.

The Washington Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, with court commissioner Michael Johnston ruling on August 5th that the suit filed by the four officers against the individuals seeking public records that would identify them warrants the court’s examination:

“It is abundantly clear that whether the identity of these officers should be revealed is an issue of considerable public interest.”

Janet Thoman, one of the attorneys representing a law student named in the suit filed by the officers, said they’re delighted with the Washington Supreme Court’s decision to review the case:

“The public’s right to information about those that serve us is of fundamental and urgent importance.”

Blair Russ, an attorney for four of the officers, has confidence in their lawsuit as the four officers were found to have been doing nothing more than engaging in their Constitutionally protected rights:

“We look forward to protecting the rights of four public servants who, despite no findings of wrongdoing following a comprehensive administrative investigation, are being relentlessly targeted by members of the public solely based on their constitutionally protected right to freely associate.”

The four unnamed SPD officers who filed the lawsuit were reportedly placed back on active duty following their clearing in the Office of Police Accountability’s investigation.

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Back in July, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on another development pertaining to the fallout of the Capitol riot – that being, a planned expansion (for lack of a better term) of the Capitol Police. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Capitol Police are reportedly establishing new regional offices in states like Florida and California, with other states likely to follow, in light of increased threats towards members of Congress.

Said new regional offices are being established in order to “investigate threats to Members of Congress”, according to acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman.

While the country is now over six months removed from the riot that transpired at the Capitol Building, the fallout is seemingly far from being concluded.

According to a July 6th press release from the USCP – aptly dubbed as “After the Attack: The Future of the U.S. Capitol Police” – a subsection of the press release noted the expansion of these new regional offices:

“The USCP has enhanced our staffing within our Dignitary Protection Division as well as coordinated for enhanced security for Members of Congress outside of the National Capitol Region.  

The Department is also in the process of opening Regional Field Offices in California and Florida with additional regions in the near future to investigate threats to Members of Congress.”

Apparently, these offices in California and Florida are going to be located somewhere within San Francisco and Tampa, according to a statement from the USCP obtained by Fox News:

“The new USCP field offices will be in the Tampa and San Francisco areas. At this time, Florida and California are where the majority of our potential threats are.”

“The field offices will be the first for the Department. A regional approach to investigating and prosecuting threats against Members is important, so we will be working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in those locations. More field offices will be opening in the future.”

The rationale behind expanding the USCP presence beyond Washington, DC is due to lawmakers in their respective home districts facing increased threats of violence in recent months. A report from May of 2020 cited that there’s been a 107% increase in threats against Congress members compared to 2020.

Considering that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy happen to reside in California, it’s not surprising to see that one of the USCP regional offices will be established in San Francisco.

USCP Chief Pittman said in an announcement delivered on July 6th that the USCP is also working to ensure that the agency is gravitating toward a more “intelligence-based” approach to their efforts:

“Throughout the last six months, the United States Capitol Police has been working around the clock with our Congressional stakeholders to support our officers, enhance security around the Capitol Complex, and pivot towards an intelligence-based protective agency.”

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Guy who took selfie in Capitol during January riot takes plea deal, still faces nearly two years in prison

(Originally published on June 6th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC – One of the rioters who participated in the events of January 6th has reportedly pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding. 

While the offense can carry up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250K, a plea deal will reportedly see the rioter only facing between 15 and 21 months in prison.

According to reports, 38-year-old Paul Allard Hodgkins has accepted a plea deal with respect to his participation in the January 6th riot that took place at the Capitol building. 

Hodgkins was reportedly seen on camera inside of the Senate Chambers adorning a Trump shirt and flag, which is certainly compelling evidence of him having unlawfully breached the Capitol building. 

However, it is unclear if Hodgkins engaged in any other unlawful activity outside of the aforementioned. 

On June 2nd, Hodgkins reportedly entered a plea of guilty to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, which said felony typically can see someone facing up to 20 years in prison – on top of fines up to a quarter-million dollars. 

However, Judge Randolph Ross estimated that the defendants time in prison would be somewhere in the realm of 15 and 21 months, alongside a considerably smaller fine, around $2,000.

Reports indicate that he was originally charged with four additional felonies after his February arrest, which were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Hodgkins will be sentenced on July 19th. 

Hodgkins now marks the second Capitol rioter to have pleaded guilty, with the first having been the guitarist for the heavy metal band Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer, back in April

Reportedly, Schaffer has informed authorities that he’s a member of the Oath Keepers militia, and he’s slated to fully cooperate with the government’s investigation into the January 6th riot. 

Schaffer is reportedly out on bail while he is awaiting sentencing. 

A plea bargain is also reportedly in the works for New Mexico elected official Couy Griffin, who was allegedly outside of the Capitol building during the riot but was still within the confines of a “restricted area.”

On January 18th, Griffin was charged with entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Griffin feels that since he didn’t actually enter the Capitol building, his charges should be dismissed. 

Court documents show that Griffin’s attorney’s have filed a motion to dismiss, citing the case that was dismissed against Christopher Kelly earlier this year since Kelly was noted as having not entered the Capitol building. 

The motion pertaining to Griffin’s request for a dismissal notes in reference to the Kelly case: 

“Since this development followed briefing on Griffin’s motion to dismiss, Griffin respectfully requests that the Court take it into account in considering his arguments concerning arbitrary enforcement of § 1752, in light of the government’s concession that Griffin did not enter the Capitol Building.”

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