35 officers being investigated regarding Jan. 6 riot

Thirty-five U.S. Capitol Police officers are being investigated for their actions during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to a police department statement released Friday, while six have been suspended with pay.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the violence when throngs of former President Donald Trump's supporters attacked the Capitol, overpowering security forces.

Two law enforcement officers later committed suicide.

Investigators have been looking into the response by the Capitol Police officers and whether any of the officers may have aided the rioters.

Just days after the attack, it was disclosed that two officers had been suspended, according to Democratic Representative Tim Ryan.

One had taken a selfie with a protester, while another wore a Trump-supporting hat and was directing protesters around the building, Ryan told reporters.

It was unclear whether the two were among the 35 now being investigated or whether they were trying to quell the crowd by establishing personal contact with rioters.

The protesters stormed Capitol Hill shortly after Trump addressed a crowd near the White House just as lawmakers were preparing to formally certify Joe Biden's election victory.

A U.S. House of Representatives panel has scheduled a hearing on Feb. 25 to look into the Capitol security failures on Jan. 6.

Acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman and Acting House Sergeant-at-arms Timothy Blodgett are scheduled to testify.

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- Thirty-five US Capitol Police officers are being investigated for their actions during the January 6 riot at the Capitol, according to a police department statement released Friday, while six have been suspended without pay.

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the violence when throngs of former President Donald Trump's supporters attacked the Capitol overpowering security forces. Two law enforcement officers later committed suicide. Investigators have been looking into the response by the Capitol police officers and whether any of the officers may have aided the rioters.

Just days after the attack, it was disclosed that two officers had been suspended, according to Democratic representative Tim Ryan. One had taken a selfie with a protester, while another wore a Trump-supporting hat and was directing protesters around the building, Ryan told reporters. It was unclear whether the two were among the 35 now being investigated or whether they were trying to quell the crowd by establishing personal contact with rioters.

The protesters stormed Capitol Hill shortly after Trump addressed the crowd near the White House, just as lawmakers were preparing to formally certified Joe Biden's election victory. A US House of Representatives panel has scheduled a hearing on February 25, to look into the Capitol security failures. Acting police chief, Yogananda Pittman, and acting House Sergeant At Arms, Timothy Blodgett, are scheduled to testify.