A Capitol Police Officer has been accused of disclosing the secure location of legislators who had been moved for their safety on January 6th, as supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building, threatening to kill the Vice President and others. A longtime friend of the officer was the one who reported the actions, saying that it seemed like the officer had been absorbed into a cult.
According to the Miami Herald, the officer in question is a special agent in the department’s Protective Services Bureau and facing disciplinary action for the disclosure. The officer’s name has not been released, and the individual who made the report is only named as “Anonymous.”
The anonymous friend says that it was in a conversation after the riot that the officer disclosed what seemed like inappropriate information about the location to which legislators were evacuated, saying, “I don’t want to report a friend of forty years but he’s says [sic] enough concerning statements that I feel like I need to do this… he’s just fallen into this cult and these beliefs.”
The agent reportedly would not deny the allegations.
This officer is far from the only one to be accused of sympathizing with the attackers and engaging in misconduct that day. Insider reports that 38 internal investigations were launched connected to the behavior of officers during the attack. Twenty of the investigations were dismissed with no disciplinary action, and the officers in several cases were never identified.
However, 6 cases did end up referred for disciplinary action, including cases of officers who took selfies with rioters. Capitol Police released a statement saying that the specific disciplinary actions would not be made public, and that the actions by these officers should not be allowed to detract from the heroic efforts of the force that day to protect legislators and democracy.
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