A U.S. Capitol Police investigation into the conduct of its officers in the Jan.6 riot found no “sufficient evidence” of a crime, but recommended disciplinary action for some officers, whose names no. have not been disclosed.
In a statement on Saturday, the USCP said that while it initially launched 38 investigations into potential transgressions by members of the forces that responded to the Capitol riot, investigators were unable to identify any officers. than in 26 cases.
In 20 of these cases “No wrongdoing was found” while in six other cases officers were found to be in breach of the code of conduct. Three are recommended to be penalized for “Improper conduct”, a “For non-compliance with directives” another “for inappropriate purposes” and another person “For inappropriate dissemination of information”. In another case, an officer was charged “Unsatisfactory performance and improper conduct”, but the investigation is still ongoing.
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Additionally, investigators found no evidence that a crime was committed by those dealing with pro-Trump election fraud protesters who were invading Capitol grounds, Capitol Police said.
The US attorney’s office did not find sufficient evidence that one of the officers committed a crime
Neither the names of the officers nor the punishment they should face have been disclosed, with the USCP insisting that “All recommended disciplinary measures, as well as personnel matters” were not “public information.”
Following the events of January 6, Capitol Police drew attention across the aisle. While Democrats blamed the 2,000-man force for allowing rioters to enter the halls of Congress, supporters of former President Donald Trump demanded that an officer who shot and killed the military veteran and Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt as she pushed against a barricaded door to be held accountable.
Babbitt was unarmed when Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd shot him. The internal investigation into the shooting, however, exonerated Byrd who was not subject to any disciplinary action.
In an August TV interview, Byrd said if he had known Babbitt was unarmed, it wouldn’t have changed his decision to pull the trigger, arguing that she was “A threat to the United States House of Representatives” at the time.
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