A man sought for his involvement in the Capitol riots has been identified as Robert Keith Packer, and arrested in Virginia Wednesday morning. He was noted in images particularly for the writing on his clothing — he wore a shirt reading “Camp Auschwitz.”
According to Buzzfeed, the shirt also boasted an English translation of the slogan emblazoned over the gates of the Nazi death camp — “work brings freedom.”
Other Holocaust-celebrating apparel and messages have been associated with the riot and the Proud Boys — a Forward fact check this week verified, for instance, that while a t-shirt with the slogan “6MWE” — standing for “6 million [Jewish people murdered] wasn’t enough” — was erroneously connected to the rally, it’s entirely accurate to connect it to the Proud Boys group.
Here's the Arrest Warrant for Robert Keith Packer. He's charged with:
— Evan Watson (@EvanWatsonNews) January 13, 2021
As for Packer, he appears in Federal Court in Norfolk, Virginia Wednesday, and is charged with, at this time, with felony charges for violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and for entering and remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority.
Ivanka Trump called them American patriots.
That's a "Camp Auschwitz" shirt. pic.twitter.com/vqjSZcTuJI
— Patch-a Gorath (@PatrickZircher) January 6, 2021
The photo of Packer in his Camp Auschwitz shirt was among many that went viral after the riot turned to terroristic activity, with Trump supporters rushing into the Capitol building, carrying out destruction and threatening the lives of legislators, who had to be moved to a secure location until police were able to secure the building.
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— FBI (@FBI) January 12, 2021
Many other individuals who the FBI still seek help identifying can be seen on the FBI’s Twitter account, as seen above, and a dedicated page here.
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