6 Capitol Police Officers Suspended For Actions During Riot
Six U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay and 29 others have been placed under investigation for their actions in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman 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,” department spokesman John Stolnis told CNN.
One of the suspended officers took a selfie with someone who was part of the mob that overtook the Capitol, according to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). Video of that interaction went viral even before police had been able to clear the building of the domestic terrorist mob.
It’s a dark day in America when a UNITED STATES Capitol police officer decides to take a selfie with a TERRORIST! And they wonder why WE don’t feel safe! pic.twitter.com/UZsLnS2s68
— NAACP (@NAACP) January 6, 2021
Another officer wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and started directing people around the building, Ryan said.
At least seven officers in five other police departments across the country are under internal investigation as their presence in Washington during the assault comes to light through social media or other means. One officer in New York, one in Philadelphia, two in Seattle, two in Virginia and one in Texas are under investigation by their departments for potentially violating rules. Additionally, some departments have been contacted by the FBI as part of their criminal investigation into the overrunning of the Capitol. More disciplinary actions against additional law enforcement officers are expected.
Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund resigned within days of the riot over his failure to protect the Capitol from rioters. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has proposed that a bipartisan commission be established to investigate the insurrection. The goal would be to determine exactly what went wrong and make recommendations about how to prevent another similar event.