USCP arrests a man with fake badges, bulletproof vests, and large magazines.
Former New York City police officers were found to be in possession of fake law enforcement badges, BB guns, bulletproof vests, ammunition, and large magazines on Friday outside the US Capitol, according to Parliamentary police. I was arrested that morning.
A 53-year-old Jerome Felipe, a former police officer in Flint, Michigan, was discovered by a Capitol patrol officer just before 5 am parked in a 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle on the west side of the Capitol in Washington, DC. .. , The authorities said.
Felipe presented a fake badge with the words “Interpol’s Division” to the Parliamentary police officer who spoke to him, according to Parliamentary police.
Interpol is an international police organization.
“Felipe also issued a statement that he was a criminal investigator in the authorities,” said Capitol police.
After he gave the police permission to search his car, police officers found BB guns, two bulletproof vests, some large magazines and other ammunition inside.
“I couldn’t find a real gun,” police said.
According to police, Felipe was charged with illegally possessing a large magazine and unregistered ammunition, and investigators said he was trying to find out why he parked near the Capitol.
A New York Police Department spokesperson told CNBC in an email when asked about Felipe that “individuals retired in 2018.”
“We are fully cooperating with the US Capitol investigation,” a spokesman said.
A New York Police Department official told WNBC in New York that Felipe had retired due to a disability after working for less than 20 years and was not given a so-called good letter. They will retire.
An online database maintained by the New York State Criminal Justice Department contains information about Felipe, which was deleted by the New York Police Department in November 2018 for reasons. His removal also said, “The process of resignation or retirement of a disciplinary employee has begun.”
NBC News quoted a senior New York Police Department official and reported that Felipe retired when faced with allegations that he had falsified himself in official proceedings as a detective when the actual rank was a police officer. did.
The Capitol was attacked on January 6, 2021 by a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump. They confused lawmakers as they confirmed President Joe Biden’s election at a joint session of parliament.
Dozens of active and retired police officers, Some of them were NYPD veteransWas arrested for participating in the invasion of the Capitol that day.
Last month, a federal jury trial Washington convicted former NYPD officer Thomas Webster Attacking a police officer in the District of Columbia during a riot. According to officials, Webster attacked police officers with an aluminum pole while raising the Marine Corps flag.
-Additional reports by Tom Winter Of NBC News