July 30, 2021 20:16

Houston police officer resigns after being linked to Capitol takeover

Tam Pham 

The Houston police officer who may face federal charges for participating in the Capitol takeover resigned Thursday, ahead of his disciplinary meeting with HPD Chief Art Acevedo, officials said.

Tam Pham was placed on administrative leave Wednesday and scheduled to attend a disciplinary hearing with Acevedo — though the chief expressed doubt that the officer would attend.

Pham, an 18-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was believed to have attended the insurrection and entered the Capitol building, Acevedo said this week. In a phone call, the Westside patrol officer said he was among the thousands who gathered in Washington D.C. to take pictures.

What Pham did inside the Capitol building has not been disclosed, though Acevedo expressed certainty that the officer would be charged in federal court.

“I shouldn’t have done it,” Pham told the Houston Chronicle.

Acevedo said in a tweet that the officer is the subject of a criminal investigation with the FBI and Justice Department.

In the past week, 32 people — including two Virginia police officers — have been charged federally in connection to the violent mob.

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, addressed the scrutinized HPD officer and stressed that the FBI identify and punish “each individual who may have contributed to this treasonous act.” Police officers should not be exempted, he continued.

“No one should be allowed to return to their home states and towns and simply assume their lives as usual, without penalty if they participated in this insurrection,” Green said.

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