A Chicago real estate firm has fired one of its agents after saying it posted on social media that it participated in the ‘capitol storming’ on Wednesday, but the agent allegedly claimed that she was not involved in the violence.
@properties said in a statement that Officer Libby Andrews was in Washington, DC during the riots at the US Capitol and has since been fired “effective immediately”.
The company said Andrews “acknowledged on social media that she participated in the ‘Capitol Storming’.”
“@properties does not condone violence, destruction, or illegal activity,” the statement read.
Andrews told Crain’s Chicago Business that she was not part of the violence and was with a different crowd on another side of the Capitol building. She told the publication that she “never saw anything destructive,” but the band she was in sang the national anthem and Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
According to Crain’s, Andrews posted selfies and images of the crowd at the protest with captions like “History! It’s not done yet!” In one photo, she is seen wearing a knitted hat with President Donald Trump’s name on it.
Andrews did not respond to NBC 5’s request for comment.
Photos: Pro-Trump supporters enter the Capitol building
Thousands of angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and halting contests of the presidential victory. Electoral College of Joe Biden.
Law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during hours the complex was occupied before it was cleared Wednesday night.
Four people died, including a woman from San Diego who was shot inside the Capitol. Three other people died after suffering “medical emergencies” related to the breach, said Robert Contee, chief of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department.
DC police said Thursday that 68 people had been arrested, including 25 for curfew violations and illegal entry to the Capitol grounds. Eight others were arrested for violating the curfew near the Capitol, DC police said.
Capitol Police said 14 people were arrested, most for illegal entry, including a man from Illinois.
Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC, have begun filing federal criminal charges stemming from Wednesday’s riot on the U.S. Capitol, according to NBC News’ Pete Williams. At least two people have been charged so far.
The FBI is also asking for help in identifying people who were ‘inciting violence in Washington, D.C.’
“We accept tips and digital media depicting riots or violence in and around the US Capitol on January 6,” the agency tweeted. “If you have any information, visit http://fbi.gov/USCapitol.”