Ex-Salt Lake City ‘officer of the year’ arrested for role in Capitol riot: feds

Ex-Salt Lake City ‘officer of the year’ arrested for role in Capitol riot: feds


A former Salt Lake City police “officer of the year” has been arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

FBI agents took Michael Lee Hardin, 50, of Kaysville, Utah, into custody without incident Friday on multiple charges related to his presence in the US Capitol that day.

Hardin retired from the Salt Lake City Police Department in 2017, a department rep told the Salt Lake Tribune.

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FBI agents allegedly nailed Hardin through tips from two of his friends. One of the pals provided texts in which Hardin said he was inside the Capitol and declared Trump “the rightful President,” authorities said. The other person provided a photograph of him allegedly inside the building.

According to a 2012 Salt Lake City Police Department press release, Hardin was named “officer of the year” that year for solving the 1986 murder of 20-year-old woman who went missing for five days before turning up dead on the side of a

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