Thirty-five U.S. Capitol Police officers are being investigated for their actions during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, and six have been suspended with pay, the police department said in a statement on Friday. Freddie Joyner has more.
FREDDY JOYNER: 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 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 the 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 25th to look into the capital security failures. Acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman and acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett are scheduled to testify.