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Houston police officer accused of participating in Capitol riot steps down

A Houston, Texas police officer accused of participating in the Capitol riot has resigned from the department. According to KPRC sources, the officer has been identified as Tam Dinh Pham. He has 18 years of service under his belt and has no disciplinary issues prior to this.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the Houston officer attended the Trump rally in Washington alone and “penetrated” the U.S. Capitol building. Acevedo said the officer is under investigation and that he is “highly confident” the officer will be facing federal charges.

“There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from a police officer,” Acevedo said. “I can’t tell you the anger I feel at the thought of a police officer and other police officers thinking they get to go storm the Capitol or members of the military or the Secret Service. And so our commitment here in the Houston area is always to the rule of law. And it saddens me to report that we have that one officer. And I want to announce it here because it’s the facts. And I’m trying to relax on a Sunday night, I got my email with me and a member of this community sent me a picture showing the officer doing anything, with a Trump flag, face covered and the first thing I did, I went to that person’s Facebook confirmed it was one of our officers that was there. Keep in mind, everyone has a First Amendment right to engage in First Amendment activity but I first wanted to make sure that they didn’t pass beyond that and do something unlawful and I can tell you that there’s a high probability that this individual will be charged with federal charges and rightfully so.”

Officer Tam Pham resigned from the Houston Police Department on Thursday morning. He told the Houston Chronicle that he regretted attending the riots but said he was there to take pictures.

I shouldn’t have done it,” he said. “I was there to take pictures.”

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