A DEA agent has been arrested after filming himself with a firearm while storming the Capitol
private agent with Drug Enforcement Administration He was arrested after he allegedly carried his firearm and waved a flag that read “Freedom or Death” as he joined a crowd storming the US Capitol on January 6.
According to federal prosecutorsMark Sami Ibrahim was on vacation and was not working as a law enforcement officer at the Capitol that day.
The indictment documents include photos posted on WhatsApp — from a group chat with at least five other police officers — and images from surveillance video that show Mr. Ibrahim posing with his badge and rifle and climbing the memorials at the Capitol.
He was arrested July 20 and charged with entering and remaining on a residence-restricted building or land with a firearm, entering the Capitol grounds with a firearm, and trampling on and climbing statues on the Capitol grounds.
Ibrahim was also accused of making false statements, following an interview in March with the Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Justice.
During the telephone interview, Mr. Ibrahim admitted that he was in the Capitol with his counterpart Give credentials and a firearm but denied having shown them, according to federal prosecutors.
“I had my credits. I had a firearm and my badge,” he told investigators, according to the indictment documents. “But it hasn’t been revealed…that’s not what I know.”
He said he went to the riots with a friend who claimed the FBI asked him to document the event — which his friend denied, according to federal prosecutors.
“According to the friend, Ibrahim penned this story about how his friend was at the Capitol to help the FBI and that Ibrahim was helping him,” prosecutors said.
According to the documents, they were not present in any official capacity for the FBI and that the FBI was not giving him directions or orders to march. His friend said, according to prosecutors, that Mr Ibrahim crafted the story to “cover his ass”.
His friend told investigators that Mr. Ibrahim had intended to promote himself at the event to launch a “brand name for podcasts and cigars,” prosecutors said.
Mr. Ibrahim was suspended from the DEA in March.
In an interview with Fox News that month, Mr. Ibrahim said after the January 6 attack, “He got back on a plane to Los Angeles. My badge and gun were taken from me. I was escorted out of the building to my apartment as the criminal, and fired after being suspended from work. For two months, due to performance problems.”
He claimed that he “began documenting everything and, through my friend, handed everything over to the FBI so that these criminals could face justice” when “the mob began to be anti-law enforcement.”
In a statement to independentAttorney Darren Ritchie said Mr. Ibrahim “looks forward to vigorously defending himself against every charge”.
“It is clear that the Public Prosecution authorities in this case have reached this indictment regarding the conduct of Mr. Ibrahim who has at all times remained peaceful and submissive; there is no evidence or allegations to the contrary.
Mr. Ritchie added: “Mr. Ibrahim played no role in any riots. He never committed any violence, nor did he attempt to enter any buildings or urge or encourage others to do so. Furthermore, Mr. Ibrahim has remained honest and voluntarily cooperated with the authorities.”
He said the US Justice Department’s indictment “is the result of speculation, political pressure, and a flawed attempt to paint a definite narrative through photographs taken entirely out of context.”
He added, “Mr. Ibrahim firmly believes that the truth must always prevail.” “Despite now having to defend accusations that were never meant to be made, he plans to share his truth loudly and widely to proclaim his innocence as well as his love for this country.”
More than 500 people They were arrested in connection with the riots, which sought to stop millions of Americans from validating their votes in a violent breach fueled by Donald Trump’s unfounded narrative that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him and his supporters.
The latest charges bring the number of off-duty law enforcement officers accused of assault to more than 20, following recent arrests of a father-son duo of Florida police officers.