The Hill reports:
An officer accused of obstructing the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol resigned from the Capitol Police force, the man’s legal team confirmed to The Hill on Friday. The attorneys for Michael Angelo Riley told The Hill in a statement that the move came after a “distinguished” 26-year career with the force.
“As is the case with many of his colleagues, Officer Riley engaged in acts of heroism on January 6, 2021, responding to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. With regard to the charges against him, the evidence will show that it is not a felony for one person to suggest to another that they take down ill-conceived Facebook posts,” Riley’s lawyers said in their statement.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 29, 2021
NOW: Court hearing for newly charged US Capitol Police officer. Officer Michael Riley is accused of obstruction… of warning Facebook friend who was at Capitol on Jan 6 to delete pictures
One alleged message: “I’m a Capitol police officer who agrees w/ your political stance” pic.twitter.com/DSfxNaCoPV
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) October 15, 2021