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Six Capitol Police officers suspended for alleged role in riot

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Thirty-five officers on duty during the Capitol riot are under investigation for their actions during that day, and six have been suspended. Jeff Pegues has the details.

Video Transcript

NORAH O'DONNELL: And back here in Washington, prosecutors tonight have indicted nine members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia for their involvement in the deadly assault on the US Capitol. And we're also learning that dozens of Capitol Police officers are under investigation, including six who have been suspended. Here's CBS's Jeff Pegues.

JEFF PEGUES: Six weeks after the insurrection, the divide between Capitol Police and their commanders is growing. Now 35 police officers on duty that day are under investigation for their actions. Six of those officers have been suspended with pay.


Actions under scrutiny-- an officer taking a selfie as the mob breached Capitol doors. Another officer wearing a red MAGA hat. Some of the officers say that they were trying to de-escalate the situation. The officers union fired back at commanders, accusing them of engaging in a witch hunt by trying to point the fingers at officers who were fighting for their lives.

Today, six more members of the anti-government group the Oath Keepers were charged. Ranging in age from 52 to 70 years old, five of them were in the so-called stack marching up the east steps of the Capitol, dressed in military fatigues, hands on shoulders, using communications apps.

"You are executing citizen's arrest," an unidentified member said. "We have probable cause for acts of treason." In total, nine alleged members of the Oath Keepers have now been charged together with conspiracy--

THOMAS CALDWELL: [BLEEP] in there is a traitor. Every single one!

JEFF PEGUES: --including Thomas Caldwell.

HARRY LITMAN: This was a real military-style operation that was several months in the planning.

JEFF PEGUES: Prosecutors will try to prove conspiracy charges. Members of Congress, they have their own marching orders. And sources tell CBS News that documents from federal law enforcement are now in the hands of congressional committees looking into the attack on January 6. Norah.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Sounds like we're going to learn more. Jeff Pegues, thank you.