FDNY to FBI: NYC FFs allegedly involved in Capitol riot

The FDNY issued a statement after a photo of a man wearing a jacket marked "FDNY Squad 252" during the riot surfaced on Twitter


Tracey Porpora
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The city Fire Department ( FDNY) has informed the FBI that there were either active or retired firefighters present at the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol building on Wednesday that left five people dead, including a police officer.

The FDNY issued the statement on Saturday after a photo of a man wearing a jacket marked "FDNY Squad 252" — a Special Operations Command in Brooklyn — surfaced on Twitter. The photo depicted the man standing near the entrance to the Capitol and carrying an American flag.

"The Department received anonymous allegations that active or retired members were present at the events at the United States Capitol on January 6 and, as required, has provided that information to the FBI," said Frank Dwyer, FDNY's deputy commissioner, Public Information and External Affairs.

As of Saturday, MSNBC reported that 16 people were charged with federal crimes, and 40 with "lower-level" crimes as a result of the riot that erupted at the Capitol building.

Metropolitan Police issued the following statement: "The Metropolitan Police Department is conducting an investigation into the officer involved shooting that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is routine, standard procedure whenever an officer deploys lethal force. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia is overseeing the investigation."

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(c)2021 Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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