'We did not participate in any violence:' Officer speaks out after attending DC protests
A picture began to circulate on Facebook of the two Rocky Mount officers allegedly posing inside the United States Capitol. In the picture, one officer had his middle finger raised. (Credit: Facebook)

A Rocky Mount Police officer is speaking out after a picture of him and another police officer at the U.S. Capitol last week went viral. 

Last Wednesday, a rally in support of President Donald Trump turned deadly when thousands of attendees stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Nearly a week later, the fallout is still being felt in Franklin County. 

A photo, showing the two off-duty police officers taking a selfie inside the Capitol building, began to circulate on Facebook last Saturday night. 

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Sergeant Thomas Robertson confirmed that he and Officer Jacob Fracker shared the photo as a joke to let friends and family know that they were okay. 

Robertson said that they were allowed into the building by Capitol Police and also said they walked in through an open door and had two Capitol Police give them water and ask them to stay within roped areas. 

Robertson said the two remained inside for around ten minutes.

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"There was absolutely no indication that we were anything but welcome to check out certain places," Roberston said. "We did not participate in any violence or property damage." 

Sergeant Thomas Robertson said that they would never participate in any activity that put law enforcement officers in danger. (Credit: Sergeant Thomas Robertson)

He adds that they would never participate in any activity that put law enforcement officers in danger. 

Robertson and Fracker remain on paid leave pending both federal and local investigations. 

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