Retired Chester Firefighter Robert Sanford Arrested For Allegedly Throwing Fire Extinguisher At Police During Capitol Riot – CBS Philly
CHESTER, PA (CBS) – A retired Chester firefighter was arrested by the FBI for allegedly hurling a fire extinguisher at police in the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 attack. Robert Sanford, 55, from Upper Chichester, Pennsylvania, was arrested early Thursday morning. He is accused of attacking a police officer.
Sanford was reportedly caught on camera and threw the fire extinguisher when rioters stormed the Capitol.
The Mayor of Chester, Thaddeus Kirkland, made the following statement:
“City officials are aware that a former Chester firefighter allegedly participated in the riot that took place in the capital of our country last week. While Robert Sanford adorned a hat with a fire department logo, he is not a current employee of the City of Chester. Mr. Sanford served on the Chester Fire Department from January 1994 until his retirement in February 2020. As the first amendment to our constitution outlines the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, the actions of the rioters in DC over the past week have depended on features of domestic terrorism. So when it is confirmed that a person, whether current or former employee or resident, attended last week’s event at the Capitol, we hope our legal system is working for its purpose and bringing them to justice. On behalf of the City of Chester, I offer my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to family and friends who have lost a loved one as a result of what happened that day. “
Meanwhile, several internal investigations are being conducted against local public officials to attend the January 6th pro-Trump rally, including seven SEPTA police officers who were in DC that day.
“They are being investigated to determine whether they were involved in inflammatory behavior or violations of our guidelines for social media,” said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel.
The agency is trying to determine the full extent of the seven officers’ attendance, including whether they actually entered the U.S. Capitol or simply attended the rally.
Earlier this week, Philadelphia police opened a home affairs case of their own for one of their officials after allegedly attending the Trump rally that preceded the riots in the U.S. Capitol.
A U.S. Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, 40, of South River, New Jersey, died from injuries sustained in Wednesday’s riot.
A Pennsylvania man, 50-year-old Benjamin Philips of Ringtown, Pennsylvania, died of a medical emergency and was among four others who died during the violent mob.
More than a dozen people from the Philadelphia area were arrested after violating the U.S. Capitol.
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