The town government says the officers' status was changed from administrative leave to suspended without pay on Friday and no further statement will be made until Tuesday.
As a violent crowd of insurgents ransacked The Capitol building in Washington, D.C., forcing representatives and senators into hiding, Sgt. T. J. Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker went inside the Capitol, too. Robertson has insisted they did nothing illegal. Federal authorities disagree.
The off-duty police officers from the small town of Rocky Mount were in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Now they face federal charges.
Residents concerned that two Rocky Mount officers were inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection faced off with supporters of the officers outside a town council meeting Monday.
The Franklin County chapter of Black Lives Matter held a protest in front of the Rocky Mount Police Department on Sunday after learning two off-duty town officers were inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during a rally and march for President Donald Trump that turned into a riot.