A man bragged about storming the Capitol on a dating app

A federal lawsuit filed by a Georgia librarian says White officers used excessive force on the Black woman during a traffic stop in North Carolina, adding they pulled her from her car by her hair and tore her rotator cuff. The suit filed Wednesday by Stephanie Bottom of Atlanta claims she posed no threat to the officers from the Salisbury Police Department and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office when she was stopped in May 2019.

But officers approached her vehicle with guns drawn and later violated her rights by using excessive force, the lawsuit said.

Bottom, now 68, said she was driving to Raleigh for a funeral in May 2019 when she was pulled over for suspected speeding and failing to heed blue lights, the Charlotte Observer reported.

CBS News obtained body camera video from the incident from Bottom’s attorney, which was first posted online by The Observer.

Bottom said she was listening to music loudly in her car and did not realize she was being pulled over, according to the lawsuit.

CBS affiliate WBTV reports Bottom was going about 10 mph over the speed limit on Interstate 85, according to the lawsuit. By the time she realized she was being pulled over, spike strips were deployed to stop her as she looked for a safe place to pull off the highway, according to the court filing.

The lawsuit alleges that two officers grabbed Bottom by her arm and her hair, later throwing her out of the vehicle and onto the ground.

Once on the ground, officers twisted Bottom’s arm behind her back, causing her “shoulder to ‘pop,’ tearing her rotator cuff and causing severe injury,” the lawsuit said.

A Salisbury police officer involved in the stop “bragged about ‘grabbing a handful of dreads,’ and said ‘at that point she earned it,'” the lawsuit said, citing footage from the officer’s body camera.

Bottom said all of the arresting officers were White.

When she asked for medical assistance, she estimated that an hour elapsed before officers called for help, the lawsuit stated. Bottom had surgery to repair the tear but the injury prevents her from raising her left arm above her head, according to the suit.

One of the officers named in the lawsuit declined to comment, but said he no longer works for the police department. The other officers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Linda McElroy, a spokesperson for the city of Salisbury, also declined to comment on the pending litigation. McElroy told the newspaper that “the Salisbury Police always strives for positive interactions with our residents and visitors, including in cases where we may suspect criminal activity.”

Bottom pleaded guilty to failing to heed blue lights. She also was charged with speeding and resisting arrest but those charges were dismissed.

“Ms. Bottom was peaceful at all times, and officers knew they were dealing with an elderly woman,” said Ian Mance, a lawyer with EmancipateNC who represents Bottom. “Our complaint alleges these officers had no reason to use any force, much less the level of force they employed. Ms. Bottom wasn’t even arrested.”

A man who told someone he matched with on a dating app that he stormed the U.S. Capitol was arrested by the FBI in New York on Thursday.

According to court filings, an individual contacted the FBI on January 13, about a week after a violent mob stormed the Capitol, with information about someone who allegedly participated in the unlawful entry to the building.

The person said Robert Chapman of Carmel, New York, had met on Bumble, a dating app, and during their text conversation stated: “I did storm the Capitol.”

Screenshots of the conversation provided to law enforcement show that Chapman told his match he “made it all the way to Statuary Hall” during the storming of the building.

His Bumble match then said: “We are not a match,” to which Chapman replied: “I suppose not.”

The FBI reviewed body-camera footage from the Metropolitan Police Department, recorded during the riot on January 6, according to the court document by Kenneth Kroll, who is part of the FBI Task Force Office.

“In the body-camera footage, an individual who appears to be ‘Robert Chapman’ is located inside of the Capitol Buildings in Statuary Hall,” the documents read. The footage corroborates Chapman’s statement on Bumble regarding being inside of Statuary Hall while inside of the U.S. Capitol Building.

In the video, Chapman is seen filming the activity inside of the U.S. Capitol on his phone. The FBI compared images of Chapman at the Capitol with a photo of him taken at the time of his 2017 arrest in New York.

The FBI also received more information from the Bumble match, who said a Facebook post appeared to show Chapman in Statuary Hall, inside of the U.S. Capitol Building.

The FBI also found other Facebook posts that appear to be posted by Chapman under the name Robert Erik, in which he brags about being inside the Capitol, writing: “I’M F INSIDE THE CRAPITOL!!!”

The filing argues the evidence shows Chapman likely also knowingly entered or remained in a restricted building and willfully and knowingly uttered loud, threatening or abusive language, or engaged in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at the Capitol Building on January 6 “with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress.” Chapman was is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Dozens of other Capitol riot suspects were reported to authorities by their own close personal contacts. According to court documents, the FBI has arrested many based on tips from family members, work colleagues, childhood friends and ex-lovers who called authorities after watching their acquaintances participate in the siege on TV or, in some cases, on the rioters’ own social media accounts.