Disciplinary action has been recommended for six United States Capitol Police officers following an internal investigation into the deadly Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, United States Capitol Police said.
An investigation by the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) revealed three cases of improper conduct, one case of failure to follow guidelines, one case of inappropriate remarks and one case of improper dissemination of information related to the attack, the Capitol police. announced on Saturday.
“The six supported cases should not diminish the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police officers,” the department said in a statement. “On January 6, the bravery and courage shown by the vast majority of our employees was inspiring. “
None of the officers have been publicly identified, with Capitol Police saying their internal investigations, including recommended disciplinary action, are not a matter of public information.
In total, 38 internal investigations were opened by the OPR following the riot, which left four dead including a Capitol policeman – and more than 100 police officers injured. Four police officers who responded to the attack later committed suicide.
Ministry officials were identified in 26 of the cases investigated by the OPR, and in 20 of those cases, no wrongdoing was found. The US attorney’s office also failed to find sufficient evidence that any of the officers committed a crime, Capitol Police said.
Nearly 600 people have been charged in the insurgency that erupted as Congress voted to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
At the end of last month, seven Capitol Hill police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, accusing him of intentionally sending the violent crowd made up of his supporters and far-right extremists to disrupt electoral certification.
The police are preparing for a second far-right rally scheduled for Saturday at the Capitol. This demonstration, “Justice for J6”, aims to defend the hundreds of people indicted on criminal charges in the insurgency. Some of them are accused of assaulting law enforcement with a dangerous weapon, inflicting bodily harm on officers, entering with violence, disorderly and disruptive conduct, physical violence, complicity, use of a deadly or dangerous weapon, possession of a supply of high capacity ammunition. device, theft of government property and conspiracy.
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