Monday, 25 January, 2021

Capitol Rioter Wearing 'Camp Auschwitz' Hoodie Arrested in Virginia

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Packer's sweatshirt also includes the words "Work Brings Freedom", in apparent homage to the German phrase "Arbeit macht frei" which was at emblazoned at the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps. A law enforcement official told CNN that Packer was picked up in Newport News, Virginia.

As for Packer, he appears in Federal Court in Norfolk, Virginia Wednesday, and is charged with, at this time, with felony charges for violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and for entering and remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority. He'd already drawn outrage for his hoodie, flippantly referencing the Nazi concentration camp where more than 1 million Jews were killed during World War II. "With Social media, issues are turned to psychological weapons and used to gather hatred in support of one side or the other".

Packer will be released from jail after federal prosecutors sought not to seek detention.

These charges were filed against Andrew Williams in the District of Columbia, according to an online court docket.

Packer said he intends to hire his own lawyer, as opposed to a court-appointed attorney.

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Court papers show how investigators are combing through internet communications to identify alleged offenders like Mostofsky, who referred to himself as a "caveman" eager to protest the presidential election results.

Law enforcement has made a number of arrests in connection with the unrest at the Capitol, with numerous rioters having traveled from across the country to protest the electoral vote count that ultimately affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Lawmakers had to scramble for safety and hide as rioters took control of the Capitol, delaying by hours the tally of Electoral College votes that was the last step in finalizing Biden's victory.

Records show Aaron Mostofsky is a registered Democrat.

"The six individuals, like others in the larger crowd, willfully refused the order to leave", the complaint says.