As TGP reported over the weekend there were more police, reporters and undercover intelligence agents than protesters at the J6 rally in Washington DC.
The only armed person arrested on Saturday was a federal officer.
Police surrounded a masked man who was armed with a firearm.
The masked man told officers where his gun was and pulled out a badge.
The Associated Press on Monday confirmed the armed man arrested at the rally is indeed a federal officer from New Jersey.
The US Attorney’s office in DC declined to prosecute him and would not offer any further details.
A federal law enforcement officer was arrested carrying a gun at Saturday’s rally at the U.S. Capitol billed to support the suspects charged in January’s insurrection but will not be prosecuted.
The 27-year-old New Jersey man is an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He was arrested by Capitol Police for illegally possessing a gun on the grounds of the Capitol after people in the crowd reported seeing him with a handgun and notified nearby officers.
Generally, under federal law, law enforcement officers are given reciprocity to legally carry their weapons in other states, even those with restrictive gun laws. But the law has an exemption for government property or military bases where it is illegal to carry a gun, like the U.S. Capitol.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said prosecutors were “not moving forward with charges” but did not provide additional information about the decision.
Two law enforcement officials said the officer was not at the rally in any official capacity. The officials could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general was also notified of his arrest.