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Capitol Police Officer Allegedly Helped Hide Evidence of What Happened on Jan. 6

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Ever since the Jan. 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol, it has been difficult to discern truth from falsity in regard to the events that occurred that day. While much of that confusion has been due to dishonest coverage from the establishment media, one Capitol Police officer was indicted last week for his alleged efforts to muddy the waters.

According to The Associated Press, Michael A. Riley was charged with obstruction of justice for helping to hide evidence about one man’s participation in the events of Jan. 6. Riley was accused of messaging the participant and telling him to remove any Facebook posts proving his involvement in the Capitol incursion.

The indictment said Riley, 50, has served for nearly a quarter of a decade as a Capitol Police officer. It added he was not on the property at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 but responding to reports of a pipe bomb in a nearby area.

Riley did not know the person allegedly involved in the riot, referred to simply as “Person 1” in the indictment. He became Facebook friends with Person 1 on Jan. 1 after learning of him through “fishing-related Facebook groups.”

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The indictment said Person 1 had posted pictures, video and commentary on Jan. 7 about his involvement in the previous day’s events. At that point, Riley reportedly reached out to Person 1.

“Hey [Person 1], im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley said in his initial message according to the indictment. “Take down the part about being in the building they are currently investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged. Just looking out!”

There are differing opinions about whether those involved in the Capitol riot deserve strong punishment. With that said, those decisions are meant to be made through the justice system.

Instead, Riley attempted to hide evidence and protect someone from possible indictment because of his own political beliefs. Even for those who agree with those same political beliefs, it should be obvious that tampering with an investigation is not the right path to take.

Throughout the investigation, misinformation has been a massive problem. Many conservatives have felt the establishment media has unfairly demonized the actions of all participants in the Jan. 6 incursion, even though many of them did not engage in violent behavior.

By the same token, conservatives cannot hide information pertinent to the investigation that might go against their desired result. By doing so, those people weaken their own argument regarding the importance of truth.

Regardless of political party or leaning, every American should want truth and justice to prevail in the Jan. 6 investigation. In order for that to happen, all of the evidence needs to come to light instead of being hidden.

The indictment went on to say Riley exchanged “dozens” of messages with Person 1 on Jan. 7. Two days later, someone identified as “Person 2” contacted Riley and sent him a video of Person 1 smoking an unknown substance inside the Capitol building.

On Jan. 13, Person 1 told Riley he had been identified on social media as a participant in the Jan. 6 incursion. Riley then informed him to “[g]et off of social media.”

In another message on Jan. 21, Riley chastised Person 1 for his behavior in the video sent by Person 2.

“Hey [Person 1], another mutual friend was talking about you last night,” Riley said according to the indictment. “I tried to defend you but then he showed me a video of you in the Capitol smoking weed and acting like a moron.

“I have to say, i was shocked and dumbfounded, since your story of getting pushed in the building with no other choice seems not only false but is a complete lie. I feel like a moron for believing you…”

If Person 1 did lie to Riley, that is yet another reason that Riley’s actions to try to hide his involvement in the incursion were unacceptable. Since Riley is not an investigator or a judge, it is not his job to decide who is and is not charged.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Riley made his initial court appearance on Friday following his arrest. He was released on personal recognizance after his indictment, and his next court date is set for Oct. 26.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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State Trooper Came Mere Inches from Losing His Life, Dashcam Caught the Whole Thing

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Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine.

For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman.

Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them.

According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire.

The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire.

What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release.

“One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said.

But that was not all.

“Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.”

The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.”

The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital.

The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo said.

“Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Idaho law requires drivers to slow down, change lanes or both when passing police and other emergency vehicles that are stopped on the roadway.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine. For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman. Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them. Idaho State Trooper injured while helping man on the freeway. Notice how quickly the trooper jumped in front of the man. pic.twitter.com/2TuCTIYGdE — Yoshi The Patriot (@rinohuntah) December 3, 2021 According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire. What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release. “One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said. But that was not all. “Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.” The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.” The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital. The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes. “Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary…

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Store Apologizes After Employee Sign with Instructions on How to Deal with Africans Goes Public

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An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store.

An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au.

In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor.

“Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read.

The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense.

“We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.”

The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store.

“It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said.

A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation.

“Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any main point been reported, this is unfair, unfair news,” he tweeted.

ABC reported that a spokesperson for wholesaler Metcash, which operates the IGAs, said the company had the offending sign removed.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any IGA store across the country,” a spokesman said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Australia, we will ensure ALL IGA employees continue to create a shopping environment where all are welcome and equal,” the spokesman said.

The store now has a new note.

“We would like to apologies [sic] to anyone that got offended by the note we had … it was not our intention to offend,” the note says.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store. An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au. In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor. “Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read. ‘Completely unacceptable’: IGA supermarket under fire for sign racially profiling African customers https://t.co/83nMJg7SgU — Natalie Spencer (@natscloset) December 2, 2021 The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense. “We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.” The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store. “It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said. A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation. “Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any…

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