This afternoon will officially be the six-day anniversary of the white supremacist terrorist attack on the Capitol. It’s one of the strangest and most slow-burning news stories I’ve ever covered or tried to keep up with, mostly because there’s not even a cursory attempt at competence or disclosure from the law enforcement agencies involved. Last week, DC Mayor Bowser did a press conference where she spoke about what happened from her perspective, the perspective of the DC Police (who don’t have jurisdiction on federal grounds), and her efforts to coordinate with Virginia and Maryland governors and the National Guard. But that press conference is the sum total of any kind of law enforcement public disclosure. The Capitol Police, as an organization, was corrupted from within. The CP chief resigned the day after the siege, and the CP *still* has not done any kind of press conference.
From the videos and anecdotal reports going around, we know that there were incredibly brave and dutiful Capitol Police officers who saved lives and protected democracy. There were also Capitol Police officers removing barricades and allowing terrorists to storm the Capitol. There were also Capitol Police officers taking selfies with terrorists. And we still don’t know the extent of it! So… the Capitol Police have now suspended two officers for their actions (or inactions) on January 6th. More firings and suspensions will probably come.
Two US Capitol Police officers were suspended and at least 10 more are under investigation for their behavior during last week’s assault on the Capitol, and federal agents will look at whether current and former law enforcement officers played a role in the riot.
One of the Capitol police officers took a selfie with someone who was part of the mob that overtook the Capitol and the other wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and started directing people around the building, according to Rep. Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat. He didn’t disclose how many other officers were under investigation but confirmed it was between 10 and 15, and didn’t say what they were being scrutinized for except that it was their behavior during the riot. Ryan told reporters that one individual had been arrested, but a spokesperson for the congressman later said he was wrong and no members of law enforcement have been arrested.
The spokesperson said at least 10 Capitol Police officers are being investigated for their roles in the riot. A House aide separately said there are as many as 17 officers under investigation as part of eight investigations into the insurrection at the Capitol.
In a statement Monday night, Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said several officers were suspended. She said the department “has been actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies. Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination. Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.”
Democratic members of the House have also raised questions about potential sympathies for the attackers among the ranks of US Capitol Police. That agency hasn’t responded to CNN’s request for comment. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, is among those who have others questions about whether some Capitol Police officers aided the protesters and were complicit in Wednesday’s insurrection. Clyburn, for instance, said it was fishy that the rioters knew the location of lawmakers’ offices.
All of the stuff about how the terrorists knew where to go, and knew which offices belonged to Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leadership… it’s chilling to hear. I genuinely believe that the terrorists had help from Capitol Police, and I genuinely believe that Trump ordered the Pentagon to slow-walk requests for help from the Capitol, and that there was a lot of willful inaction on behalf of Capitol Police higher-ups. We’ve also heard reports of cops from other jurisdictions being part of the terrorist mob and those cops FLASHING THEIR BADGES at Capitol Police. Again, investigate, suspend, fire and charge all of these a–holes with terrorism, from the top down.
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