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Former New York police officer Sara Carpenter was arrested for rioting on the Capitol and advised the FBI she went there on Trump’s orders

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

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A retired New York police officer who was seen on surveillance tape shaking a tambourine while walking around the U.S. Capitol with a crowd of Trump supporters on Jan. 6, was arrested Tuesday morning.

Sara Carpenter, 51, is the youngest of a number of past or current law enforcement officers charged in connection with the uprising that began with protests against the election of President Joe Biden.

Carpenter, who surrendered on Tuesday, told FBI agents in January that she had gone to the Capitol with others after hearing that then-President Donald Trump had ordered her “to march to the Capitol.”

Five people died in the riot, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Two other police officers defending the Capitol that day killed themselves shortly after the riot that injured nearly 140 other police officers.

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Carpenter retired from the New York Police Department in 2004 after serving about 10 years. In the 1990s she worked as a spokesperson for the NYPD.

She is due to appear in federal court on Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York, for knowingly entering or staying in a restricted building or compound without legitimate authority, for disorderly or disruptive behavior in a restricted building or compound, and for violent entry and disorderly conduct is charged on the Capitol grounds.

The case is being prosecuted in the US District Court in Washington, along with hundreds of other criminal cases against suspected Capitol rioters.

The court record says the FBI received an anonymous tip on Jan. 7 that Carpenter called a relative and said she was in the Capitol and was gassed tearfully during the invasion. The tipster gave the address of Carpenter in the borough of Queens in New York City.

Carpenter told FBI agents during an interview on Jan. 18 that she drove to Washington on Jan. 5 and “went to the rally point where Trump’s Twitter page instructed all supporters about the election fraud the next morning.” to hear “, it says in the file.

For months after the November presidential election, Trump repeatedly and falsely claimed that he won the election and that Biden’s victory was the result of widespread electoral fraud in several states.

Federal and state courts have consistently denied these allegations, as has Trump’s then Attorney General William Barr.

On January 6, Trump, his family members and various allies held a rally outside the White House, again making false statements about the election and calling on supporters to help them reverse the election results. These results were to be confirmed that day by a joint congressional session chaired by then Vice President Mike Pence.

According to the file, Carpenter said to FBI agents, “She heard President Trump’s words on the giant televisions and speakers telling people to back off, not go and march to the Capitol.”

“Carpenter stated that she started walking to the Capitol with a large group of people around 1:00 PM. Carpenter stated that she entered the Capitol rotunda, watching other people walking around with objects. ” Filing said.

Carpenter told FBI agents that she saw police screaming for people to get out and then pushing and shoving the crowd. Carpenter said she was trampled and sprayed with pepper as she exited the Capitol building. “

The DOJ is submitting photos as part of a factual statement identifying former NYPD officer Sara Carpenter (clad in a red hat, green jacket, and gray backpack) participating in the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021.

Source: Ministry of Justice.

The file also notes that Carpenter said during her interview that she recorded a video of the interior of the Capitol building on her cell phone. She texted an FBI agent on January 19 with the footage.

The Capitol closed-circuit television video shows Carpenter in a red hat, green coat, and black boots with a backpack as he enters the Capitol rotunda with a crowd.

Before leaving the rotunda, Carpenter can be seen on a video “turning back into the room and getting up” [her] Hands in the air, “said the file.

The DOJ is submitting photos as part of a factual statement identifying former NYPD officer Sara Carpenter (clad in a red hat, green jacket, and gray backpack) participating in the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021.

Source: Ministry of Justice.

“She holds a tambourine in her left hand, which she shakes several times before turning around and leaving the rotunda,” the file says.

A search of Carpenter’s house on March 2 found the clothes she was wearing in the Capitol that day, as well as the backpack.

“Carpenter also volunteered to provide the tambourine that she confirmed she was wearing in the Capitol,” the file said.

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