Two Capi­tol po­lice of­fi­cers sus­pended; probe goes on

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One Capi­tol Po­lice of­fi­cer was ar­rested, two were sus­pended and at least 10 are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for their con­duct dur­ing last week’s Capi­tol riot, ac­cord­ing to Rep. Tim Ryan, DOhio.

Ma­jor­ity Leader Steny Hoyer told House Democrats on Mon­day that as many as 15 in­stances of of­fi­cer mis­con­duct are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

One of the sus­pended of­fi­cers al­legedly wore a “Make Amer­ica Great Again” hat and joined the ri­ot­ers who stormed the Capi­tol Jan. 6, while an­other was video­taped tak­ing self­ies with the mob.

"The Capi­tol Po­lice are look­ing at every­body in­volved that po­ten­tially fa­cil­i­tated, on a big level or small level in any way, and it's im­por­tant that they're crack­ing down on that," Ryan told re­porters Mon­day.

Ryan chairs the leg­isla­tive branch sub­com­mit­tee that over­sees the U.S. Capi­tol Po­lice. He said they did not have any ev­i­dence that mem­bers of the de­part­ment had co­op­er­ated with ri­ot­ers in an "in­side job."

Capi­tol Po­lice "will in­ves­ti­gate th­ese be­hav­iors for dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, up to, and in­clud­ing, ter­mi­na­tion. Sev­eral USCP of­fi­cers have al­ready been sus­pended pend­ing the out­come of their in­ves­ti­ga­tions," said act­ing Po­lice Chief Yo­gananda Pittman.

The mob ran­sacked the Capi­tol and five peo­ple died, in­clud­ing Capi­tol Po­lice Of­fi­cer Brian Sick­nick. Nearly 100 peo­ple have been ar­rested and at least 25 peo­ple are now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for charges of ter­ror­ism.

Capi­tol Po­lice: Who they are, what they do

The Capi­tol Po­lice is the law en­force­ment agency charged with guard­ing Congress, es­pe­cially within the Capi­tol com­plex and sur­round­ing fed­eral build­ings, in­clud­ing the Supreme Court, Li­brary of Congress and Se­nate and House of­fice build­ings.

The de­part­ment is sep­a­rate from the Washington D.C. Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­part­ment and fed­eral law en­force­ment agen­cies such as the Se­cret Ser­vice, which pro­tects the pres­i­dent and other ma­jor lead­ers, or the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Capi­tol Po­lice 'fail­ures'

In the af­ter­math of a pro-Trump mob storm­ing the Capi­tol to pre­vent Congress from count­ing the state-cer­ti­fied Elec­toral Col­lege votes of Pres­i­dent-elect Joe Bi­den's Novem­ber vic­tory, the Capi­tol Po­lice de­part­ment has come un­der in­tense scru­tiny for its fail­ure to de­fend the seat of Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment.

Steven Sund, for­mer de­part­ment head, re­signed shortly af­ter the riot.

“Many of our Capi­tol Po­lice just acted so bravely and with such con­cern for the staff, the mem­bers, for the Capi­tol ... and they de­serve our grat­i­tude. But there was a fail­ure at the top of the Capi­tol Po­lice,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said when she called for Sund's res­ig­na­tion.

The dys­func­tion within the po­lice de­part­ment is es­pe­cially alarm­ing given the up­com­ing in­au­gu­ra­tion of Bi­den and Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Ka­mala Har­ris. Pres­i­dents are nor­mally sworn on the west­ern ter­race of the Capi­tol, a tra­di­tion that some say is too danger­ous given re­cent events.

The Pen­tagon was asked to re­view mem­bers of the se­cu­rity de­tail for Bi­den's in­au­gu­ra­tion to en­sure they are “not sym­pa­thetic to do­mes­tic ter­ror­ists,” Rep. Ja­son Crow, D-Colo., said.

 ?? AN­DREW HARNIK/AP ?? Capi­tol po­lice guard a bar­ri­caded door as pro­test­ers try to break into the House cham­ber at the U.S. Capi­tol on Jan. 6.
AN­DREW HARNIK/AP Capi­tol po­lice guard a bar­ri­caded door as pro­test­ers try to break into the House cham­ber at the U.S. Capi­tol on Jan. 6.

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