Federal government accuses former Broward County police officer Julio Cesar Chang of role in January 6 riot

A South Florida ex-cop who took the train to Washington, DC so he could participate in the Jan.6 Capitol Riot was arrested on Tuesday, according to unsealed criminal complaint in federal court in DC. In March, the FBI received a report that Julio Cesar Chang, 55, had posted information on his Facebook page about his involvement in the pro-Trump insurgency on January 6, along with comments on the “deep state “and a” 1776 Part 2 Revolution, “the file reads. Officers then reviewed his messages, which allegedly included a photo of Chang on Capitol Hill wearing a Trump hat, with the caption,” The deplorable have taken over our country, “as well. than a now deleted video with the words “The Beginning of Our Second American Revolution.”

Cell phone data also placed Chang at the scene, according to the complaint. Chang “was previously employed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office,” the complaint says, adding that officers confirmed Chang’s identity with a former colleague. Chang was a lieutenant in the sheriff’s office from 1992 to 2005, and was a member of the Special Response Team, according to his LinkedIn profile, who says he served for 19 years as an artillery sergeant in the US Marine Corps. Chang, who is charged with entering a restricted area and driving disorderly, does not yet have a lawyer on file with the court and could not be reached for comment.

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