Man Waving Confederate Flag During U.S. Capitol Riot Arrested

 forbes.com  01/14/2021 18:22:07 

Updated Jan 14, 2021, 01:59pm EST

Federal authorities on Thursday arrested a man who allegedly carried a Confederate flag through the halls of the U.S. Capitol, tracking him down after his son openly bragged to coworkers about the incident, the latest in a string of arrests after a violent mob ransacked the Capitol building last week.

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A supporter of US President Donald Trump carries a Confederate flag as he protests in the US ... [+] Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.

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Key Facts

Kevin Seefried  whom authorities identified as the man carrying a Confederate battle flag through the Capitol  and his son, Hunter, were arrested in Delaware on Thursday and charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct, among other charges, the U.S. Attorneys Office for D.C. announced in a statement (the New York Times first reported Kevin Seefrieds arrest).

Hunter and Kevin Seefried allegedly entered the Capitol by climbing through a broken window, according to a statement from an FBI agent.

The FBI identified the two men after Hunter Seefried bragged to coworkers that he and his father attended the riots, and they both confirmed their participation during interviews with the FBI, the agency said.

Kevin and Hunter Seefried are set to make an initial federal court appearance on Thursday, and the FBI is handling the matter.

Attempts to reach Kevin and Hunter Seefried were unsuccessful.

Federal authorities and media outlets have circulated scores of photos of pro-Trump rioters walking through the Capitol building and vandalizing offices. But the jarring image of a protester carrying a Confederate battle flag through the halls of the Capitol, beside portraits of famed abolitionist Charles Sumner and pro-slavery statesman John C. Calhoun, has earned an especially large share of attention and scorn.  The FBI released the now-infamous photo of the Confederate flag-bearer over the weekend and asked for help identifying him.

Tangent

Over the last week, federal law enforcement agencies have arrested dozens of people who allegedly participated in the riots, and prosecutors are promising hundreds of additional arrests in the coming weeks and months. The earliest arrestees include several people prominently featured in photos: Jacob Chansley stormed through the Capitol shirtless while wearing buffalo horns, Richard Barnett posed at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosis office, Adam Johnson carried around Pelosis lectern, and Eric Gavelek Munchel and Larry Rendell Brock walked into the Senate chamber with zip tie-style handcuffs.

Further Reading

A man who carried a Confederate flag into the Capitol has been arrested (New York Times)

Robert Keith Packer  Photographed Wearing Camp Auschwitz Shirt  Among Those Arrested After Capitol Riot (Forbes)

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