A Pennsylvania police officer is in legal hot water after video footage surfaced showing him fighting with other officers during the January 6 Capitol riot.
Joseph Fischer, 55, was seen running at a police line outside the building and yelling, “Charge!” Federal prosecutors also say he is seen and heard screaming, “mother—-ers,” as he clashed with the officers.
According to CNN, Fischer, a North Cornwall Township officer, tried to help an officer who had fallen. He also told the officer, “I am a cop, I am a cop.” Body camera footage examined by prosecutors supports this claim.
Apparently, a day after the insurrection, Fischer sent a private message to an associate saying, “I may need a job.”
“(w)ord got out that I was at the rally..lol.” In the messages, Fischer informed the associate that his police chief confronted him but told him he had “no regrets and give zero sh—s,” he added.
“The FBI may arrest me ..lol,” Fischer told the associate, according to court documents.
Rightfully so, he faces four federal crimes: obstruction of law enforcement, unlawful entry into a restricted building, obstructing Congress, and violent conduct in the Capitol.
Fischer is not the only person from law enforcement that has been charged for their role in the riot.
So far, at least 230 people face the Justice Department’s charges for their insurrection involvement.