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Former police chief sentenced for role in Jan. 6 attack

The Justice Department on Friday sentenced a former California police chief to more than 11 years in prison for his actions during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. announced.

Alan Hostetter was found guilty on four charges, including obstructing a police officer and trespassing with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors said Hostetter had been planning for months with others to disrupt the electoral college's vote counting on January 6, 2021. Prosecutors said they believed the 2020 election was stolen and called for “reckoning.”

“There must be — absolutely — a reckoning. There must be justice,” the prosecutor told a group of Trump supporters. “President Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th and must be allowed to finish this historic task of cleaning up corruption in the cesspool known as Washington, D.C.”

“America's enemies and traitors, both domestic and foreign, must be held accountable. And they will.” “The death penalty is the just punishment for the masterminds of this coup, but a long prison sentence is necessary.”

In a separate speech, Hostetter said he wanted members of Congress to feel that “five million people outside the walls are going to drag us out by our hair and tie us to a dark streetlight.”

On the day of the Capitol riot, Hostetter arrived armed with tactical gear, including a knife, hatchet and pepper spray. Prosecutors say he used a bullhorn to guide rioters as they marched toward the Capitol.

He recorded video on the building's terrace as rioters began breaking into the Capitol.

“People got their homes back. I don't think I've ever seen anything more beautiful in my life,” he said. “For years we have sat here quietly and watched this corruption unfold. Today, hundreds of thousands of patriots came together to take back our government.”

Hostetter was indicted along with four other members of the DC Brigade, a group that organized activities before the riot. Three other members were also found guilty at trial, with a fourth pleading guilty to similar charges.

More than 1,200 people have been charged with crimes related to the Capitol riot, and more than 400 of those have been charged with assaulting a police officer, according to the Justice Department.

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