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Former California police chief charged with rioting on Capitol Hill

Participants in the January 6 Capitol riot. Alex Edelman / AFP via Getty Images

Alan Hostetter, a former head of the La Habra, Calif., Police Department, was indicted for his role in the January 6 Capitol Riot, on Los Angeles Times reports.

Hostetter was indicted along with five other Californians: Russell Taylor, Erik Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele. All of the men are accused of being in restricted areas of the Capitol, with Kinnison and Warner also accused of destroying evidence and Taylor of carrying a knife with a blade larger than 3 inches.

According to a grand jury indictment released Thursday, the men allegedly used social media and texts to plan their trip to the Capitol and talked about bringing weapons with them. While violating the Capitol, the men urged others to join them, the indictment says, and posted photos and videos online. The men would all be members or associates of the Three Percent militia, the Time reports.

Prior to the uprising, Hostetter and Taylor helped organize Stop the Steal rallies in California. Hostetter briefly served as La Habra’s police chief in 2010, but retired after eight months, citing mental health reasons. Hostetter’s lawyer Bilal Essayli told the Time he was “very disturbed” by the indictment, and Hostetter “did nothing more than exercise his 1st Amendment rights.” He added that his client “doesn’t know a lot of people on this indictment. They’re just people on a message chat.”

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