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DEA agent charged with breaching police lines during Capitol riot (first federal indictment)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 20, 2021 04:16PM
DEA agent charged with breaching police lines during Capitol riot

A special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration has become the first federal law enforcement charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, Calif., who joined the pro-Trump crowd outside the Capitol while armed with his DEA-issued pistol, faces felony charges of entering a restricted area with a weapon, possession of a firearm on Capitol grounds and lying to investigators.

Ibrahim has insisted through his attorney that he did not go inside the Capitol building or engage in any violence. However, prosecutors allege that Ibrahim violated the law by crossing police lines set up with barricades and other markers that closed off access to most of the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6.



Ibrahim allegedly told investigators from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General that he did not display his DEA badge or firearm during the protest, but an affidavit supporting the charges against him says he posed for several photos in which he appeared to be deliberately showing his badge as well as the gun holstered on his hip. Two were included in the court filing.

After media reports emerged in March that Ibrahim had been at the Capitol, his attorney Darren Richie acknowledged that the DEA had suspended Ibrahim over his presence at the event.

“Mr. Ibrahim was not part of, affiliated with nor participatory in any trespass or violent acts and vehemently denounces them,” Richie told various news outlets in March. He also claimed that Ibrahim had aided authorities by making videos of some of what transpired at the Capitol that day.

On Tuesday, Richie told POLITICO that "Ibrahim played no role in any riot. He never committed any violence, attempted to enter any buildings nor induced or promoted others to do so," and that the "indictment results from conjecture, political pressure and a flawed attempt to paint a specific narrative through pictures taken wholly out of context."

Ibrahim’s status at the DEA is unclear. The affidavit a Justice Department inspector general investigator submitted to the court said Ibrahim was a “probationary employee” of the DEA at the time of the riot and had given notice of plans to resign several weeks earlier. Senior Special Agent Jason Higley said Ibrahim was on personal leave on Jan. 6 and “was not on duty for the DEA and had no role as a law enforcement officer on the Capitol Grounds.”
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Re: DEA agent charged with breaching police lines during Capitol riot (first federal indictment)
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 20, 2021 07:05PM
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He also claimed that Ibrahim had aided authorities by making videos of some of what transpired at the Capitol that day.

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Re: DEA agent charged with breaching police lines during Capitol riot (first federal indictment)
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 20, 2021 08:42PM
Trust us, we're the federal government.



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The police have no duty to respond. See Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005) or Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981)
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Re: DEA agent charged with breaching police lines during Capitol riot (first federal indictment)
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 20, 2021 09:02PM
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Racer X
Trust us, we're the federal government.

Ronnie Reagan lives!
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