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Some Floridians under scrutiny after taking part in Capitol riots

A Parrish man is identified as the one carrying off the House speaker’s podium and a Sanford firefighter who attended is under department investigation.
Adam Johnson of Parrish streamed a Facebook live video Wednesday, apparently as he walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol. His Facebook page was later taken down.
Adam Johnson of Parrish streamed a Facebook live video Wednesday, apparently as he walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol. His Facebook page was later taken down. [ Facebook ]
Published Jan. 7
Updated Jan. 7

A Parrish man and a Sanford firefighter are among those under scrutiny in connection with the pro-Trump riot that left four dead and delayed congressional validation of Joe Biden’s election as president.

Adam Johnson, 36, is identified and vilified in a number of social media posts as a man in a beanie seen grinning at the camera while carrying a lectern through the halls of the Capitol building. The lectern bears the seal of the speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The image, captured by chief Getty Images photographer Win McNamee, quickly spread across social media. Twitter users from Manatee County identified Johnson as the man and named his wife. A neighbor confirmed his identity to the Tampa Bay Times, saying the couple has children and the wife works as a doctor.

No one answered at a home identified as Johnson’s in Manatee property records and neither Johnson nor his wife answered calls placed to phone numbers listed for them.

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In Orange County, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Sanford Fire Department has opened an administrative investigation into a firefighter identified as Andy Williams who was reportedly photographed among those who stormed the Capitol.

Other Trump supporters from Florida made the trip to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest as Congress prepared to validate Biden’s win in the Electoral College.

Buses carried 100 people from Southwest Florida, the Naples Daily News reported. Some decried what they saw as harassment by law enforcement, others expressed shock that a riot broke out.

Related: Hernando blogger was at head of Capitol mob as it attacked

Brendon Leslie, an organizer of the trip, tweeted, “I’m so angry. This is not the protest I signed up for. Little banged up. But I’m okay. Will upload more vids from the riot.”

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