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Sat May 22, 2021, 07:17 PM

Why service members charged in the Capitol riot are staying in uniform -- for now

Source: Washington Post

Why service members charged in the Capitol riot are staying in uniform — for now

By Alex Horton
May 22, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

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Commanders are waiting for legal proceedings at the Justice Department before they make administrative decisions for charged troops, defense officials have said.

At least five service members face federal charges for allegedly participating: an active-duty Marine Corps officer who was arrested last week, two part-time soldiers in the Army Reserve and two in the National Guard.

Their changes include assaulting federal police, violent entry and disorderly conduct at the Capitol.

“The harm is against the civilian government. The civilian government should be prosecuting it,” said Rachel E. VanLandingham, a former Air Force lawyer and president of the National Institute of Military Justice, a nonprofit focused on military law issues.

However, she said, waiting for civilian prosecution does not preclude the military from taking other action in the meantime.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/05/22/military-capitol-riot/

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