Off-duty police were part of Capitol mob. Some police unions feel they can't back them.

John Catanzara, the president of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police lodge, initially defended the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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Anyone who breached the Capitol 'should be charged and receive whatever punishment is assigned to that,' said Douglas Griffith, who is the president of Houston Police Officers' Union. 'No matter if they're a police officer or not.'

John Catanzara, the president of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police lodge, initially defended the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

" and said the organization would represent them at their arbitration hearings.The union's response has been markedly different in the case of Pham, who faces two federal misdemeanor charges related to entering the Capitol.Anyone who breached the Capitol"should be charged and receive whatever punishment is assigned to that," said Douglas Griffith, who is now the union president."No matter if they're a police officer or not."

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Pham has not yet entered a plea. Hisattorney saidPham"is deeply saddened to be associated with the domestic terrorists who attacked our Capitol" and"believes strongly in the rule of law."Griffith said that what separates what Pham is accused of from the charges other officers have faced in unrelated incidents is that the Capitol riot"was an attack on our democracy" that led to the death of an officer and to others' being seriously injured. Five people, including

a Capitol Police officer, died in events related to the attack.Houston police Officer Tam Dinh Pham in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a photo FBI agents found on his cellphone.FBI"As an officer, I would expect, if I saw some officers being attacked, I'd be stepping in between them," Griffith said in an interview."I wouldn't be participating in that kind of activity."

Police departments in New York City, Seattle and Virginiaare investigating whether their officers participated in the pro-Trump riot. As they do, police unions are confronting the dilemma of whether or not to defend officers who took part.In Chicago, for example, the union president initially defended the mob before backing down. And in Seattle, the union head is under administrative investigation after he falsely claimed that Black Lives Matter was responsible.

Kalfani Ture, a former police officer in Georgia who is an assistant professor of criminal justice and policing at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, said the growing number of off-duty police officers who are suspected of having taken part in the riot creates an interesting paradox for police unions, which have largely shielded bad cops from accountability.

"When we see an officer lose his life, when we see other officers injured, when you see these figures attacking other police officers, how do you justify that?" Ture asked.Ture said police unions are breaking from their own because of the Capitol Police officer's death and

the injuries sustained by dozens of other officers."If it wasn't for the optics, if it wasn't for the loss of life, if it wasn't for 50 police officers, both Capitol Police officers and Metropolitan Police, being injured — severely injured — to the extent that it removed them from duty, if it wasn't for all of that, I wouldn't be surprised if the various police unions" said:"No one was really hurt. It was just an exercise of their First Amendment rights that essentially got out of hand."

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same goes for illegals entering the US Bring back the cato nint tails and use it publicly on these traitors. What about veterans that participated? If they are receiving pensions & other federal benefits shouldn’t they be punished as well ? Your job shouldn't protect you from not following the laws - Judges, Police, Prosecutors, Justice Dept., Military and Politicians.

Defund the police! Police Officers should receive DOUBLE the punishment. Agreed!!!