FBI: Capitol rioter pleads not guilty

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Whitehall resident Troy E. Faulkner has plead not guilty to several federal charges related to rioting the U.S. Capitol. He will attend a status hearing on April 9 at 1 p.m.

According to documents filed in federal court for the Southern District of Ohio, video shows Troy E. Faulkner jumping up on a ledge and kicking out a window. The incident happened as protesters stormed the building during the certification of electoral votes.

On January 11, the Whitehall Police Department sent a tip to the FBI after seeing video of the incident. Police recognized Faulkner from prior interactions with officers.

According to the complaint:

Moreover, on January 11, 2021, a Whitehall Ohio Police Department crime intelligence analyst sent to the FBI a captured public Facebook exchange between FAULKNER and another individual. An individual wrote, “Both sides are ignorant for fighting with each other.” FAULKNER replied, “[the individual] we weren’t fighting against Antifa we’re fighting against the government” and “We took it to their front door, unlike the p****ass BLM.”

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