DEA Agent Arrested In DC Riot, Allegedly Flashed Gun

NBC News reports:

A federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was on leave and about to resign was arrested Tuesday for illegally entering the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, according to filings in a Washington federal court. He is the first federal law enforcement official arrested in connection with the Capitol siege.

The agent, Mark Sami Ibrahim of Orange County, California, did not enter the Capitol or engage in any violent acts, a court document said. But he flashed his badge and DEA-issued sidearm in photos, entered the restricted area of the grounds and later climbed on the Peace Memorial at the foot of Capitol Hill, prosecutors said.

The Independent reports:

Charging documents include photos posted to WhatsApp – from a group chat with at least five other police officers – and images from surveillance video that appear to show Mr Ibrahim posing with his badge and gun and climbing monuments on the Capitol grounds.

“I had my creds. I had my firearm, and my badge on me ,” he told investigators, according to charging documents. “But never exposed … Not that I know of.” He said he went to the riot with a friend, who he claims was asked by the FBI to document the event – which his friend denied, according to federal prosecutors.