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Three Police Officers Injured On January 6th Bring New Lawsuits Against Trump

Three Police Officers Injured On January 6th Bring New Lawsuits Against Trump

Donald Trump was hit with two new federal lawsuits on Tuesday from law enforcement officers who were at the US Capitol on January 6th. Both officers allege that Trump directed the assault that left them injured and emotionally traumatized. Like the other January 6 lawsuits that have been filed against Trump, the new complaints cite his behavior, not just at the rally before the riot, but in the months leading up, when he hyped up false claims about the election being stolen.

The two complaints, one filed by a US Capitol Police officer and another by two members of the DC Metropolitan Police, join six other civil suits that have been filed against Trump, the rioters, and others for their alleged role in encouraging the Capitol attack. The cases all accuse Trump of directing assault and battery; aiding and abetting assault and battery; and violating local Washington, DC, laws that prohibit incitement of riots and disorderly conduct.

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The new lawsuits incorporate evidence from the criminal prosecution of various rioters. The complaints include quotes from those defendants or their attorneys blaming Trump for their actions during the assault on the Capitol.

According to the lawsuit brought by Capitol Police officer Marcus Moore, Trump “agreed and conspired with his followers to stage an attack on the Capitol to prevent Congress and Vice President Mike Pence, by force, intimidation, or threat, from discharging their duties of certifying the winners of the 2020 presidential election.” Officer Moore’s suit also claims he temporarily suffered hearing loss due to the flashbangs detonated by the rioters as he was entering the Capitol during the attack. Officer Moore was posted in front of the House chamber doors and was crushed against the wall by the rioters, the lawsuit says, adding that “insurrectionists threw fire extinguishers, poles, and other objects, and struck the officers with their fists.” Officer Moore has also suffered from lingering symptoms connected to his physical injuries, including persistent tinnitus as well as depression, the lawsuit said.

In their joint lawsuit, Metropolitan Police Officers Bobby Tabron and DeDivine K. Carter also say they suffer injuries from that day. Their lawsuit said that Tabron, who broke his wrist among other injuries, suffers from insomnia, as well as slightly slurred speech and slower thinking from a concussion after rioters repeatedly hit his head. Tabron was posted behind a set of bike racks near the Capitol, where he was struck with flag poles and bats, according to the lawsuit. While he was on the west side of the Capitol, Carter was repeatedly struck by the rioters, including when he was attempting to help a fellow officer who had been punched, according to the lawsuit. Carter and Tabron were both for a time attacked by rioters while they were assembled by the ceremonial entrance to the Capitol that Carter now calls “the tunnel of death.”

Both officers suffered the effects of the chemicals sprayed on them by the rioters, the lawsuit said, and Carter repeatedly vomited on himself after he was sprayed with bear spray “more times than he could count.” When Tabron returned home that night, “the chemical smell soaked into his skin was so potent, even his wife’s eyes burned,” the lawsuit reads.

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