Capitol Police Sue Trump, Allies For Inciting 1/6 Insurrection
A group of U.S. Capitol Police officers who were among those attacked and beaten during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday sued former president Donald Trump, several of his allies and members of far-right extremist groups, accusing them of intentionally sending a violent mob on Jan. 6 to disrupt the congressional certification of the election.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It names the twice-impeached, one-term former president, Trump’s campaign, long-time Trump ally Roger Stone and members of the far-right extremist groups the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who were present at the Capitol and in Washington on Jan. 6.
“Racism and white supremacy pervaded Defendants’ efforts from the outset,” according to the officers’ complaint. It alleges that Trump “worked with white supremacists, violent extremist groups, and campaign supporters to violate the Ku Klux Klan Act, and commit acts of domestic terrorism in an unlawful effort to stay in power” and alleges the defendants are responsible for the officers being “violently assaulted, spat on, tear-gassed, bear-sprayed, subjected to racial slurs and epithets, and put in fear for their lives.”
The complaint says Trump and other defendants “encouraged and supported acts of violence, knowing full well that among his supporters were such groups and individuals as the Proud Boys, who had demonstrated their propensity to use violence.”
The officers’ action is similar to lawsuits filed separately against Trump earlier this year by Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). Those civil actions also accuse Trump of being responsible for violence allegedly planned and carried out in large part by the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.