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18-year veteran police officer may face federal charges after entering Capitol building during protests

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A Houston police officer is under investigation for participating in the Capitol takeover and entering the building, Chief Art Acevedo on Wednesday said.

The chief said an officer, an 18-year veteran of the agency, will likely face federal charges after participating in the insurrection. He received a complaint Sunday and found photos of him masked and holding a Trump flag at the Capitol. He did not identify the officer but said he was placed on leave.

He has a disiplinary hearing on Friday with the chief.

“He got into the Capitol. I’m highly confident he will face federal charges,” Acevedo said.

The officer is expected to resign Thursday, said Doug Griffith, head of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

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