Firefighter Andrew Williams is arrested over Capitol riot and his lawyer blames Trump for pushing ‘despicable behavior’
A FIREFIGHTER has been arrested over the Capitol riot and his lawyer blamed Donald Trump for pushing “despicable behavior.”
Andrew Williams was charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds and unlawful entry of a restricted building.
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Andrew Williams was charged following the riotsCredit: Twitter/Sanford Fire Department
Following an initial federal court appearance on Tuesday, Williams’s attorney blamed both the president and cops for the Capitol riots.
“The president and the Capitol police encouraged despicable behavior,” Vince Citro said, according to a local NBC affiliate.
“Mr Williams took part in none of it. In fact, you’ll notice in the complaint there are no allegations that he did any of those things.”
The US Attorney’s Office said that there was a video of Williams in the political hub telling people “they can’t arrest everybody,” when someone voiced their concerns of being book.
He was pictured inside the Capitol buildingCredit: Twitter/Sanford Fire Department
Williams was released from custody after his hearing, but ordered to surrender his passport and give up any weapons in his home.
He also was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and he was prohibited from traveling outside central Florida and the District of Columbia.
Williams has been a firefighter and paramedic with the Sanford Fire Department since 2016.
He was placed on administrative leave from the fire agency last week pending an internal investigation.
“We hold the men and women in this department to the highest standards,” Sanford Fire Chief Craig Radzak said in a statement.
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“It saddens me that the actions of one individual have tarnished the hard work and dedication that the rest of the department puts forth on a daily basis.”
Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, leading to numerous arrests.
In the last week, “spiderman” Josiah Colt, “Camp Auschwitz” shirt-wearing Robert Packer, Supreme Court judge son Aaron Mostofosky and “QAnon shaman” Jake Angeli were all arrested.