Fans of US President Donald Trump protest in the United States Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb|AFP|Getty Images
A retired New York Policeman seen on monitoring video shaking a tambourine while walking around inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a mob of Trump fans was jailed Tuesday morning. Sara Carpenter, 51, is the latest in a number of previous or present members of law enforcement to be charged in connection with the riot, which began with protests versus the election of President Joe Biden. Carpenter, who voluntarily surrendered Tuesday, informed FBI agents in January that she went to the Capitol with others after hearing then-President Donald Trump instruct them to “march to the Capitol,” according to a court filing. The riot left five people dead, consisting of Capitol Law enforcement officer Brian Sicknick. 2 other police officers who protected the Capitol that day eliminated themselves on the heels of the riot, which hurt nearly 140 other police officers.
Carpenter retired from the New york city Authorities Department in 2004 after about ten years of service. During the 1990s, she worked as a spokeswoman for the NYPD. Detective Sophia Mason, a present spokeswoman for the Cops Department, said in an e-mail, “The NYPD worked closely with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force culminating with the arrest of Sara Carpenter.” Carpenter was ordered released by a judge on a personal recognizance bond after appearing via videoconference Tuesday in Brooklyn, New york city, federal court. She faces misdemeanor charges of intentionally entering or staying in any limited structure or premises without legal authority, disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted structure or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol premises. “Any participation in the Jan. 6 [riot] is major conduct,” stated assistant U.S. Lawyer Josh Hafetz at that hearing.
But the district attorney said that Carpenter’s cooperation with the FBI, her voluntary surrender and other elements led prosecutors in Brooklyn and Washington to agree that a non-monetary bond would suffice “to ensure she will return to court and safeguard the safety of the neighborhood.” Under the conditions of that bond, Carpenter’s travel is limited New York City or Long Island, unless it is to check out Washington for court appearances and conferences with an attorney there for the case. She had turned over her passport when she surrendered to the FBI.
DOJ sends photo of a tambourine as part of a Declaration of Realities connected to former NYPD officer Sara Carpenter participating in the Capitol Riots on Jan. sixth, 2021.
Carpenter’s case, together with hundreds of other criminal cases against declared Capitol rioters, is being prosecuted in District of Columbia federal court. The court filing says that the FBI received a confidential idea on Jan. 7 stating that Carpenter telephoned a relative and said that she was inside the Capitol and had actually been tear-gassed during the intrusion. The tipster offered Carpenter’s home address in the borough of Queens in New York City City. Carpenter on Jan. 18 told FBI agents throughout an interview that she drove to Washington on Jan. 5 and the following early morning “went to the rally point where Trump’s Twitter page has actually advised all advocates to hear about the election scams,” the filing said. Trump, for months after the November presidential election, consistently and falsely declared that he had actually won the election and that Biden’s success was the outcome of extensive ballot scams in numerous states. Federal and state courts have consistently turned down those accusations, as did Trump’s own attorney general of the United States at the time, William Barr. On Jan. 6, Trump, his member of the family and various allies held a rally outside the White House, where they once again made incorrect declarations about the election and advised fans to assist them reverse the election results. Those outcomes were due to be confirmed that day by a joint session of Congress presided over by then-Vice President Mike Pence. According to the filing, Carpenter told FBI agents, “She heard President Trump’s words on the jumbo televisions and speakers advising people to rally back, not leave, and march to the Capitol.” “Carpenter stated that at roughly 1:00 p.m., she started to stroll with a large group of people to the Capitol. Carpenter specified that she went into the Rotunda of the Capitol, where she observed other people walking around and leaving with items,” the filing said. “Carpenter told FBI agents that she observed cops yelling for people to get out, then pushing and shoving the crowd. Carpenter mentioned she was trampled and pepper sprayed as she left the Capitol.”
DOJ sends pictures as part of a Declaration of Facts, determining Former NYPD officer Sara Carpenter (worn red hat, green coat wearing a grey knapsack), taking part in the Capitol Riots on Jan. 6th, 2021. Source: Department of Justice.
The filing also notes that during her interview, Carpenter stated she had taken video of the Capitol’s interior with her mobile phone. She sent out an FBI representative a text message consisting of that video footage on Jan. 19, the filing said. Capitol closed-circuit television video reveals Carpenter in a red hat, green coat and black boots, with a knapsack, getting in the Capitol Rotunda with a crowd, the filing stated. Before she exited the Rotunda, Carpenter is seen on video turning “back to the space and raises [her] hands in the air,” the filing stated.
DOJ sends pictures as part of a Declaration of Facts, identifying Former NYPD officer Sara Carpenter (dressed in red hat, green coat wearing a grey backpack), participating in the Capitol Riots on Jan. sixth, 2021. Source: Department of Justice.