Karol J. Chwiesiuk, a 29-year-old and two-year veteran of the Chicago Police force was arrested on Friday for his participation in the January 6 Capitol Riot according to The Daily Caller.
The publication stated that Chwiesiuk was arrested on Friday morning by the FBI, citing an NBC News report that said Chwiesiuk was relieved of his police duties on June 2.
Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown addressed the press at a conference saying he was only recently made aware of Chwiesiuk’s involvement by federal authorities, who tracked the officer down through mobile and internet records.
The former officer reportedly sent a text to an unnamed individual that said he was “busy planning how to f*** up commies.”
“The fact that a Chicago Police officer has been charged in that attack on American democracy makes my blood boil, makes me sick to my stomach, and yes, if these allegations are true, it breaks my heart,” Chief Brown said.
“Participating in the siege on the Capitol in any way was a betrayal of everything we stand for. Trust is hard to earn and so, so easy to lose.”
In addition to the text message, reporter Ben Bradly pointed out that the officer wore a hoodie that bore the department’s logo and name in photos taken at the protest-turned riot.
Prosecutors say Chicago police officer Karol Chwiesiuk wore a hoodie with the department’s logo when he stormed the U.S. Capitol and breached a senator’s office January 6th. https://t.co/SHrjNEIrrb @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/Jtjq0nYqKW
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) June 11, 2021
The former law enforcement officer was charged with five misdemeanor counts, including entering and remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority and disrupting a congressional proceeding, among others.
Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made a statement, seemingly incensed at the officer’s involvement, admonishing the Chicago police department “should and must always hold officers accountable for their actions, both on and off duty, and this time will be no different.”