Rioter In ‘Camp Auschwitz’ Sweatshirt Identified As Virginia Man

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Robert Keith Packer's shirt, right, was one of many hate symbols present at the storming of the Capitol. Other rioters constructed a noose. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images and screenshot from Reddit)

VIRGINIA (JTA) — The man who stormed the U.S. Capitol wearing an anti-Semitic sweatshirt reading “Camp Auschwitz” has been identified as Virginia resident Robert Keith Packer.

CNN identified Packer, whose shirt also said “Work brings freedom,” a rough translation of the phrase that greeted Jewish prisoners arriving at the Nazi concentration camp. The back of the sweatshirt said “Staff.”

Packer’s photo has circulated in reports of the mob, whose violent storming of the Capitol Wednesday led to the deaths of five people, including a police officer. His shirt was one of many extremist symbols present in the mob. Other people who stormed the Capitol, including a West Virginia lawmaker, have been arrested, while the storming has upended the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump, who incited the mob.

Packer was described as “off-beat” and “extreme” by people who spoke with CNN. Virginia records show that he has three convictions for driving under the influence and another for forging public records. Someone told CNN he worked as a welder and pipe-fitter.


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