Federal authorities have charged a Florida man who was caught on video attacking cops with a hearth extinguisher whereas carrying an American flag jacket bearing the title of former President Donald Trump.
Robert Scott Palmer, a 53-year-old enterprise proprietor from Clearwater, Florida, was arrested on Wednesday, based on courtroom information. Palmer has been charged with assaulting/resisting/impeding officers, partaking in civil dysfunction, and coming into restricted constructing or grounds, based on courtroom information.
Details of the costs towards him, together with the FBI affidavit, aren’t but public. A lawyer named on his courtroom docket didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
HuffPost, constructing on the work of the citizen sleuths who’ve labored to search out the identities of members of the pro-Trump crowd that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, first publicly revealed Palmer’s identification on March 5. The FBI had obtained a whole lot of 1000’s of ideas in regards to the Capitol assault, and a number of recommendations on Palmer’s identification had been within the company’s possession for greater than a month when HuffPost’s story revealed.
When HuffPost first reached Palmer by cellphone on March 4, he confirmed that he was on the Capitol on Jan. 6 carrying an American flag jacket bearing Trump’s title, and that he’d given an interview and talked about being struck by a police projectile within the abdomen. But he clammed up when HuffPost requested about his assault on a police line.
“I’m not, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not saying anything ― anything more. OK?” he stated when HuffPost talked about the video of him throwing a hearth extinguisher on the police line. “I’m not, I’m not saying anything more,” he stated when HuffPost pressed him once more. He hung up when HuffPost requested if the FBI had been in contact but, and Palmer’s Facebook web page got here down not lengthy after HuffPost’s story ran.
An on-line sleuth whom HuffPost recognized as “Amy” frolicked investigating the person she dubbed #FloridaFlagJacket when she was in isolation in January after coming down with COVID-19. She despatched in her ideas after one other on-line sleuth discovered a livestream video from Jan. 6 by which Palmer revealed his title. Weeks later, the FBI added a picture of Palmer to its web page of Capitol suspects. #FloridaFlagJacket was FBI #246 – AFO, that means he was needed for assault on a federal officer.
Amy, who has since recovered from the coronavirus, had a plan in thoughts for what she’ll do when she hears the FBI lastly got here for Palmer.
“I will probably open a bottle of champagne,” Amy stated. “Which I can enjoy now, since I can taste.”
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