Philadelphia police confiscated a detective's gun after social media posts suggested she was at the Trump rally before the Capitol riot

Philadelphia police confiscated a detective's gun after social media posts suggested she was at the Trump rally before the Capitol riot
Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6.Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty
  • A Philadelphia police officer had her gun confiscated in the aftermath of the riot at the US Capitol, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
  • Jennifer Gugger appeared to send social media posts from the rally that preceded the violence in Washington, DC, the outlet said.
  • The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating her actions that day. It is not clear whether she went on to the Capitol and took part in the attack.
  • A police spokesperson said "A decision was made during the investigation to take her gun and place her on restricted duty."

A Philadelphia police detective had her gun taken away as part of an investigation into her actions in Washington, DC, on the day of the attack on the US Capitol, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Sgt. Eric Gripp, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department, told the Inquirer that an investigation was underway into Jennifer Gugger.

The outlet said that it was not clear exactly where she was on Wednesday January 6, but that posts from her social media implied that she was at the Trump rally which preceded the violence.
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It did not suggest that she had been at the Capitol itself or took part in the violence.

Gripp said a "decision was made during the investigation to take her gun and place her on restricted duty."

The Inquirer said Gugger had been a background checker for police recruits, but sources told the outlet that she had been temporarily reassigned based on a tip that she had attended the rally.
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The outlet previously reported that, in a now-deleted Facebook post, Gugger, using the name Jenny Lynn, "tagged friends she said were at the rally and posted photos of the Washington Monument and a small crowd on the street."

It said the friends she tagged went on to the Capitol, though it was not clear whether Gugger went too. According to the Inquirer, Gugger also posted on Twitter calling Pence a "traitor and a cabal operative and pedophile" after the Vice President tweeted his condolences to a Capitol police officer died from injuries sustained during the riot.
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A pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol on January 6, after Trump addressed them at the rally and hold attendees to march on the building.

They stormed the building, forcing lawmakers to be evacuated while voting to confirm Biden's win. Five people, including the police officer, died.

Gripp, the spokesman, said that he was not able to comment on why the department had reassigned her and taken her gun because an investigation was underway, but said that hate speech would represent a crime.
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The Inquirer reported that police can take away an officer's gun during during an investigation.

The president of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents officers across the US, said that the confiscation of her gun was routine, and that he believes that Gugger was not involved with the riot.

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