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Michael Riley biography: 10 things about former US Capitol Police officer

Michael Angelo Riley is a former police officer in Washington, D.C., United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

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  1. He fishes in his free time.
  2. He was a K-9 officer with a dog trained to find explosives.
  3. He befriended Jacob “Jake” G. Hiles, a boat captain from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, on Facebook. He is 8 years older than Hiles.
  4. In 1995, he joined the law enforcement.
  5. On January 6, 2021, he was one of the U.S. Capitol Police officers who responded to reports of an explosive device at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, which is near the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. On the same day, Hiles and other Donald Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
  6. On January 7, 2021, he learned that Hiles had posted about being at and inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. He sent a private Facebook message to Hiles saying, “im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance. Take down the part about being in the building they are currently investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to charged. Just looking out!”
  7. On January 21, 2021, he deleted all his message with Hiles, who was arrested on January 19, 2021.
  8. In October 2021, he was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and he resigned from the U.S. Capitol Police.
  9. On October 24, 2022, he testified during a trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. before Judge Amy Berman Jackson that he was embarrassed about having spoken to Hiles. He was represented by Christopher Macchiaroli.
  10. He was 51 years old when a jury found him guilty on October 28, 2022 of a federal charge of obstruction of justice.
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