Capitol Police Officers Suspended for Supporting Riot

A number of U.S. Capitol Law enforcement officials have been suspended and greater than a dozen others are beneath investigation for suspected involvement with or assist for the demonstration final week that changed into a lethal riot on the Capitol, reports the Washington Post. Eight separate investigations have been launched into the actions of Capitol officers. In a single case, officers posted messages exhibiting assist for the rally on Wednesday that preceded the assault on the complicated, together with touting President Donald Trump’s baseless rivalry that the election had been stolen by way of voter fraud. One other Capitol officer posted “inappropriate” photographs of President-elect Joe Biden on a social media account. The scrutiny of the Capitol Police comes amid intensifying recriminations over why the complicated was insufficiently protected when 1000’s of Trump supporters converged to protest the congressional motion to certify Biden’s win. Former Capitol police chief Steven Sund, who resigned after the assault, mentioned congressional safety officers had rebuffed his efforts to place the D.C. Nationwide Guard on standby earlier than the joint session.

One police officer died because of the mayhem and others had been significantly injured. 4 civilians additionally died. Appearing Capitol police chief Yogananda Pittman mentioned solely that “a number of” officers have been suspended. She mentioned the company “will examine these behaviors for disciplinary motion, as much as, and together with, termination.” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), whose committee has monetary oversight of the Capitol Police, mentioned a type of suspended was captured in photographs that seem to point out a Capitol officer permitting and even posing for a rioter to take an image with the officer inside a safety checkpoint. An alarm blares as males from the group seem to maintain coming into the door with out police checking for weapons. The opposite suspended officer was seen sporting a crimson Make America Nice Once more as rioters surrounded the Capitol.