A former Florida cop was among the violent mob of President Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol last week, according to a report.
Nicholes Lentz, an ex-cop with North Miami Beach, appears to be standing in a crowd of pro-Trump rioters inside the building and discussing why he decided to attended the protest, according to footage that was posted to his Facebook page and obtained by the Miami Herald.
“America has spoken,” Lentz, wearing a red baseball cap and black vest, says in the video. “You cannot stop millions of people, you cannot stop it. You can’t. It’s impossible. America has a voice, we give them the power, we give the power, the people give the power. And we’re here to take it back.”
Lentz, 41, a former Marine, served with the North Miami Beach Police Department from June 2016 until last August, the outlet reported.
In the video, Lent says his intention was also to protect the police officer at the scene.
“I’m trying my best to protect all police officers,” he says. “We’re not here to hurt any cop. I love my boys in blue, but this is overwhelming for them. There’s no way they could hold us back.”
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher during the violent protest last Wednesday. Four others were killed, including an Air Force veteran from California.
Federal law enforcement has arrested more than 70 people in connection with the violent mob, and that number is expected to rise, prosecutors said Tuesday.