Packer in the Capitol was wearing a sweatshirt and named a Nazi concentration camp. About 1.1 million people were killed during World War II. His image caused shock and suspicion on social media. The bottom of his shirt reads “Work brings freedom”, which is a rough translation of the word “Arbeit macht frei” on the gate of the concentration camp.
Packer did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
A Virginia resident spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. He described Parker as an extremist who has been involved in the law for a long time.
The resident said: “He has always been extreme, and he is very vocal about his beliefs.”
Another source familiar with Packer called him an “alternative” figure and expressed frustration with the government, although the source did not recall that Packer had ever talked about President Donald Trump or false accusations of voter fraud.
A third source said Packer used to be a welder and pipe fitter.
Virginia court records show that Packer’s criminal record includes three convictions for driving under the influence and one felony for falsifying public records. In 2016, he was charged with assault on others, but the case was rejected.