Houston police officer Tam Pham resigns, hires lawyer after attending US Capitol riot

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Former Houston Police Officer Tam Pham resigned the day after it became public knowledge that he had been to the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 riot.

Tam Pham, 48, worked for HPD for 18 years and was assigned to the Westside Patrol.

Pham spoke just outside his house this afternoon, asking that his family’s privacy be respected. Then he went in without answering any reporter’s questions.

Pham was identified by sources as the officer who traveled to Washington on Jan. 6 and “penetrated the Capitol” during the joint session of Congress to confirm Joe Biden’s election victory.

He has hired defense attorney Nicole Deborde to represent him in potential criminal proceedings.

“It was more curious to see the president’s speech with a large group of people,” said Deborde. “He was curious to see what the president had to say. It’s something that has gotten out of hand. He’s not an individual to be seen in a violent protest or an avid Trump supporter willing to stop at nothing to make a change in the elections. ” That is not his aim at all. “

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On Wednesday, Acevedo said he had contacted the FBI special agent in charge of the Houston office after learning of the officer’s activities on Sunday. A joint investigation into Pham’s activities that day continues.

Deborde confirms that Pham has spoken extensively with local FBI agents and “continues to work together”.

On Thursday, Mayor Sylvester Turner made it clear that Houston public servants should be kept at a higher level.

“You can go where you want to, but if you’re a government employee. You don’t want to be part of an insurgent group if you want to keep law and order,” Turner said. “It wasn’t a wise decision and there is accountability.”

During his time at HPD, Acevedo said Pham had no disciplinary issues on Wednesday.

Acevedo said he received a tip from a citizen that a Houston police officer was in pictures of the Capitol siege. Acevedo said he opened Facebook and found pictures of the officer traveling alone, Acevedo said.

“I can’t tell you how angry I get when I think of a cop and other cops who think they might storm the Capitol,” he added.

Pham may be the first from the Houston area to be believed to have been in the Capitol during a pre-siege rally, despite the FBI’s refusal to provide details about the possible involvement of local citizens in the violence and violation deliver, citing the ongoing investigation.

“We know a lot of people have moved from Houston to DC,” said Acevedo.

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Five people died during the ordeal, including a U.S. Capitol police officer.

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The FBI has received nearly 45,000 digital media tips that have been reviewed. Dozens of people and / or social media accounts of those who entered the Capitol were identified.

The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.

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