6 Capitol Police Officers Suspended, 35 Under Investigation After Insurrection

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Six Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay and 35 others are under investigation following the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol, a spokesperson for the department said Thursday.

The police force has received criticism for allowing the rioters to breach the Capitol amid the Electoral College certification of President Biden’s victory over former President Trump. Five people died in the riot, including a Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick; another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide days later. Steven Sund, then the chief of Capitol Police, resigned the day after the riot.

man has directed that any member of her department whose behavior is not in keeping with the Department’s Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline,” the statement read.  From Fox 5 DC:

“Viral videos of some Capitol Police officers raise questions about their actions during the riot.

Some officers are seen standing along a doorway almost motionless as people file into the Capitol.

At least two accused rioters have told the FBI a Capitol Police officer told them, “It’s your house now.”

Lawmakers have stated that one officer suspended took a selfie with someone and another was seen wearing a MAGA hat.

In a video, that officer wearing the hat asks two men if they can help him get through the crowd to help other officers inside the Capitol.

The officer hands one of the men his megaphone and says, “I’ll follow you.” The video was taken by Rico La Starza who says he was visiting D.C. and went to the Capitol and started filming when he saw what was happening.

FOX 5 reporter Lindsay Watts has more on the police response in our podcast Siege on Democracy.”

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  1. My first instinct was that some cops like selfie guy, were using tactics to deescalate due to being outnumbered and fearing for their lives. And that the top did not inform the foot patrol, and would most likely put the guys they didn’t like on duty that day.
    I am not interested in seeing foot patrol getting raked over the coals to hide the problems in the command and control structure. Clearly, the lack of proper numbers had nothing to do with lower echelons. Putting on a red hat may have saved dudes life, and perhaps others. That gang of adolescent radicals were ready to escalate as they exited. The cops who talked them down, and got them to calmly leave should be commended. It was a demonstration of how we have been telling police to behave for decades. De-escalate.

    • The cops who went suicide after, is another glaring example of what people have been saying about veterans suicide rates also.
      When you ask people to do horrible things, you must be responsible for how it affects them.
      The suicides are on the hands of whoever issued the stand down order. Not buying the miscalculation excuse.

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