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Local man seen wearing 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt during Capitol riots pleads not guilty

Robert Packer
Posted at 1:07 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 13:07:13-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A Virginia man seen wearing a 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt during the Capitol riot pleaded not guilty to his charges Wednesday morning.

Robert Keith Packer pleaded not guilty to his two charges: entering and remaining in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

Packer was arrested in January by the FBI in Newport News. He was released from jail after his initial court appearance on a personal recognizance bond.

Officials say time is still needed to gather evidence and prepare for his trial.

His next scheduled status conference will be held on April 27 at 11 a.m.

Packer was identified as the man wearing a sweatshirt that read 'Camp Auschwitz' during the riot by three sources who spoke to CNN.

The bottom of his shirt read "Work Brings Freedom," which is the rough translation to a German phrase that was known for appearing on the concentration camp's gates.