2 Virginia police officers were arrested after taking a selfie inside the Capitol during the insurrection

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Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson photographed themselves in front of a Revolutionary War hero at the Capitol, with Fracker giving the middle finger.
Officers Jacob Fracker (left) and Thomas Robertson (right) of the Rocky Mount Police Department in a selfie taken inside the Capitol. US Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

Two Rocky Mount, Virginia, police officers were arrested on Tuesday and charged in connection with last week's Capitol breach.

The criminal complaint included a picture of Jacob Fracker, 27, and Thomas Robertson, 49, posing in front of a statue inside the Capitol after it was stormed by a pro-Trump mob on January 6.

The complaint also included Facebook comment by Fracker, in which he said: "Lol to anyone who's possibly concerned about the picture of me going around...Sorry I hate freedom?"

Robertson told The Roanoke Times that he believes he and Fracker did nothing illegal. He said they didn't take part in — or see any — violence.

Fracker and Robertson are two of many off-duty cops and members of the military who are being investigated for possible involvement in last week's riot.

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Two Virginia police officers were arrested on Tuesday and charged over last week's Capitol breach after they took a selfie inside the Capitol and posted on social media that they had taken part in the attack on the government.

Jacob Fracker, 29, and Thomas Robertson, 49, were arrested on the misdemeanor counts of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday.

Fracker is a K-9 officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department, and Robertson is his platoon sergeant, according to The Roanoke Times. Both men were…
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