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Two Rocky Mount police officers on leave after rallying at Capitol

Published: Jan. 10, 2021 at 11:06 AM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Two Rocky Mount Police officers are on administrative leave after attending a protest in Washington D.C. that turned last Wednesday.

While the Town continues to review this case, one of the officers tells WDBJ7 he has nothing to hide about his involvement in the rally on Wednesday.

The town says “Based on available information, the Police Department has notified federal authorities and the individuals that were present at the event are on administrative leave pending review.”

This comes after a selfie of the two officers inside the U.S. Capitol began circulating on social media.

Thomas Robertson is one of the officers on leave.

He shared a photo of what he saw last Wednesday.

Robertson said they were on the back of the Capitol building and did not see any rioting, violence or tear gas.

“We were allowed by Capitol police to be where we were and were given water bottles and told where we could go and where we couldn’t,” Robertson said.

The Town Manager and Chief of Police did not offer any further comment on the case Monday saying it was a personnel matter.

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Two Rocky Mount police officers have been placed on administrative leave after attending a rally at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, January 6, while off duty, according to the Rocky Mount Police Department.

In a media release, the Town of Rocky Mount said it “fully supports all lawful expressions of freedom of speech and assembly by its employees but does not condone the unlawful acts that occurred that day [January 6].”

Thousands of people rallied in support of President Trump at the Capitol January 6. Many of those people breached Capitol security and entered the building with members of Congress inside.

Rocky Mount Police Dept. said it has notified federal authorities about its two officers’ participation. Both officers’ conduct is currently under review by the department.

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