Six Capitol police officers suspended, others investigated over Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Six Capitol Police officers have been suspended and 29 others are currently under investigation in connection with their actions during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, officials have announced.
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the actions of 35 police officers from that day,” spokesman John Stolnis told FOX 5 of Washington, D.C. “Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has directed that any member of her department whose behavior is not in keeping with the Department’s Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline.”
Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement that the department was “actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies.”
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination,” Pittman added. “Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.”
According to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), one of the officers suspended last month had been seen taking a selfie with one of the rioters, while another had worn a “Make America Great Again” hat and gave directions to the mob.
FOX 5 reported that at least two rioters told the FBI a Capitol Police officer said, “This is your house now” as rioters entered the Capitol building.
More than 250 people have been charged in connection with the riot, and investigators say they’re still looking potentially for hundreds more.
This month, Capitol Police officers issued an “overwhelming” vote of no confidence in the department’s leadership.