A man who rioted inside the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt, was sentenced Thursday to 75 days in prison. He was also ordered to pay $500 in damages.
Robert Keith Packer traveled to Washington from Newport News, Virginia, for a rally in support of then-President Donald Trump, who claimed the election had been stolen. Packer, along with other Trump backers, entered the Capitol without permission, despite seeing broken windows and tear gas fired by police, prosecutors said.
Packer was caught on camera on several occasions wearing a sweatshirt that referenced the infamous Nazi concentration camp. As prosecutors described in a file, the sweatshirt read “‘CAMP AUSCHWITZ’ above an image of a human skull, and supported by the phrase: ‘WORK BRINGS FREEDOM’.
“Mr. Packer showed the world who he was on Jan. 6 through both his actions and his actions,” Assistant US Attorney Mona Furst told the court on Thursday, according to NBC. his clothes.”
Once in the Capitol, Packer joined a crowd in a hallway where other rioters smashed a sign bearing the name of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to a court document.
Packer then traveled to the stairs near the doors of the Speaker’s Lobby, where police shot and killed fellow rioter Ashli Babbitt around 2:45 p.m., the file said.
Police arrested Packer on January 13, 2021, after he monitored his home in Newport News.
He pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony charges of unlawful picketing and parading.