A former Miami Beach cop has been outed as a Capitol rioter after filming himself surrounded by Trump supporters and vowing to ‘take back power’ during the siege.
Nicholes Lentz, 41, a former Marine, worked for North Miami Beach police department until last August when he resigned two months after a Twitter user accused him of racism.
He attended Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol during which five people died, including a police officer who was allegedly struck over the head with a fire extinguisher.
In the footage Lentz declares: ‘America has spoken. You cannot stop millions of people, you cannot stop it. You can’t. It’s impossible.
Nicholes Lentz, 41, a former Marine, worked for Miami Beach Police Department until last summer. He attended Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol during which five people died, including a police officer.
Lentz’s footage shows red-hatted Trump supporters marauding through the halls of American democracy
The swearing in ceremony for Nicholas Lentz (left) and other officers posted by the North Miami Beach police department on social media in June, 2016
‘America has a voice, we give them the power, we give the power, the people give the power. And we’re here to take it back.’
Lentz is surrounded by the yelling Trump mob in the halls of the Capitol as he says he’s ‘not here to hurt any cops.’
‘I love my boys in blue,’ he says, ‘But this is overwhelming for them. There’s no way they can hold us back.’
The Facebook video was leaked to the Miami Herald before Lentz could delete it.
The footage doesn’t show him engaging in any violence or reveal how he entered the building.
Lentz has not commented.
North Miami Beach confirmed he worked for the department until last summer but declined to comment on why he stopped working there.
Records show he voluntarily resigned on August 17, 2020.
Last June, a Twitter user accused Lentz of making a racist comment on Facebook and tagged the North Miami Beach police department – calling for him to be fired.
‘I was truly disgusted and heart broken yesterday as I shared my experience with police brutality [and] this officer Nicholes Lentz said it’s ok. Next, I will share with my 12k followers @myNMBPolice,’ the tweet said.
Lentz had engaged in a discussion with the accuser, telling them that there is no systemic racism in the United States and citing the success of black athletes.
The cop wrote: ‘You didn’t get racially profiled by the police, you look like a f—— criminal with your stupid a– beard and your pants hanging off your a– and your corn rolls and talking like an uneducated person. That’s why they stop you.’
He had previously worked for the Fort Pierce police department in St. Lucie County from 2014 to 2016.
A news story from September 2017, describes how Lentz saved a mother and her baby from floods during Hurricane Irma.
The public side of his Facebook profile, which is partially private, does not reveal him to be overtly political, it includes pictures of his motorbike and videos of him playing the guitar and singing.
Lentz is the latest from the ranks of former and current law enforcement and the military to be outed for his participation in the riot on Capitol Hill.
Yesterday it was revealed that LAPD Chief Michel Moore had ordered one of his officers to report his attendance at the Trump rally preceding the siege to the FBI.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory
The unnamed officer told officials that he listened to Donald Trump’s speech at the National Mall but left ‘prior to any other activity and did not participate in anything that occurred at the Capitol.’
The officer was back in his hotel in D.C. when he first learned of the riots on the TV, Moore said.
The Department said it would assist its colleagues in the FBI in any way possible.
So far, at least 90 people have been arrested in connection with the riots which the Democrats say Trump incited.
Among them are West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans, 35, who was newly sworn in when he streamed himself entering the Capitol on Facebook Live; Adam Johnson, 36, was was photographed carrying off Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s podium, and Richard Barnett, 60, who was pictured with his feet on Pelosi’s desk.
Charges in the cases include assaulting police officers, entering restricted areas of the Capitol and stealing federal property.
Other cases are said to be sealed, while authorities search for dozens of other people.
The US attorney in Washington, DC, said that ‘all options were on the table’ when it came to charging the riots, including possibly sedition.