Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump and Allies Over Election Lies and Jan. 6

The suit, which took a broad view of the riot’s origins, was the latest effort to hold former President Donald J. Trump accountable for the Capitol attack.

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NY Times: A group of seven Capitol Police officers filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing former President Donald J. Trump and nearly 20 members of far-right extremist groups and political organizations of a plot to disrupt the peaceful transition of power during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

The suit, which implicated members of the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers militia and Trump associates like Roger J. Stone Jr., was arguably the most expansive civil effort to date seeking to hold Mr. Trump and his allies legally accountable for the storming of the Capitol.

While three other similar lawsuits were filed in recent months, the suit on Thursday was the first to allege that Mr. Trump worked in concert with both far-right extremists and political organizers promoting his baseless lies that the presidential election was marred by fraud.

“This is probably the most comprehensive account of Jan. 6 in terms of civil cases,” said Edward Caspar, a lawyer who is leading the suit for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “It spans from the former president to militants around him to his campaign supporters.”

Several police officers who served during the Capitol riot have come forward with stories of the insults and injuries they faced that day, most prominently at a congressional hearing in July. But the lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia, was the first time that the seven plaintiffs, five of whom are Black, offered details of their ordeals.  Read more..

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  1. Not sure of the civil liability laws in DC, but here in NYS, if I have a ladder to my roof, and turn my back, and an uninvited drunk from the sidewalk climbs it, falls off, and breaks their leg, I as the homeowner am liable to pay the drunks medical bills.
    In the civil case against the leaders of the insurrection, we have the homeowner inviting the climber(s) after negligently giving them bottles of whiskey disguised as gatorade, and encouraging them to climb the ladder, falsely telling them that a pot of gold awaits. Add to that, once the climbers reached the roof, they then violently assaulted hundreds of police officers. This case should place the liability on the leaders of the insurrection, and not the taxpayers. It is a no brainer.