- A Texas cop who called the Capitol riot one of the best days of her life has been fired.
- An arbitrator upheld the Bexar County Sheriff’s decision to fire Lt. Roxanne Mathai.
- Mathai posted photos to Facebook that showed her outside the Capitol on January 6. She has not been charged.
A Texas sheriff’s lieutenant who was at the Capitol on January 6 and called the insurrection one of the best days of her life has been fired, local news outlet KSAT12 reported.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant Lt. Roxanne Mathai, 47, was placed on administrative leave in January after she posted multiple photos to Facebook near the US Capitol on January 6, KSAT reported.
Sheriff Javier Salazar officially fired Mathai in June, but she appealed his decision, according to KSAT. When the case was brought before an arbitrator, she argued that she was present for a historic event and was wrongfully terminated.
Since Mathai said she didn’t enter the Capitol, she also argued that she was not involved in the siege, local CBS affiliate KENS5 reported.
Salazar called her defense “ridiculous” in an interview with KSAT on Monday.
“It’s not like you’re standing there for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. That’s a historic event,” Salazar said. “You’re there when fellow Americans lost their lives. That’s nothing to be proud of.”
The arbitrator ultimately sided with Salazar and upheld Mathai’s firing from her post, according to KSAT.
BCOS and Mathai’s attorney did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Mathai has not been criminally charged for her involvement at the Capitol on January 6 and has previously claimed she was unaware of the bloodshed at the event, KSAT reported.
Among photos of the scene posted to her Facebook page that showed her walking toward the Capitol after hearing President Donald Trump’s speech, Mathai also wrote “……And we are going in……in the crowd at the stairs…not inside the capitol like the others. Not catching a case lol.”
“Not gonna lie…..aside from my kids, this was, indeed, the best day of my life. And it’s not over yet,” Mathai wrote in a separate Facebook post, according to news reports.
According to KENS, Mathai had been an employee of the BCOS for eight years.
Mathai told KENS in June that she does not regret going to the Capitol that day, but regrets “the events that happened — the events that I had no participation in — I do regret that those things happened.”
More than 700 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far.