The Washington Post

Disciplina­ry actions

Capitol Police cites three complaints of “conduct unbecoming”

- BY MARTIN WEIL AND AMY B WANG martin.weil@washpost.com amy.wang@washpost.com Aaron C. Davis and Tom Jackman contribute­d to this report.

have been recommende­d against U.S. Capitol Police officers identified in six complaints made after the Jan. 6 riot, officials said.

Disciplina­ry actions have been recommende­d against U.S. Capitol Police officers identified in six complaints made after the Jan. 6 insurrecti­on, the U.S. Capitol Police said Saturday evening.

“Violations were sustained and disciplina­ry action was recommende­d” in connection with three complaints of “conduct unbecoming,” the Capitol Police said in a statement.

The agency said the other three complaints involved failing to comply with directives, improper remarks and improper disseminat­ion of informatio­n.

No details were given about the incidents that prompted the complaints. The officers were not named, and the discipline recommende­d was not specified. The Capitol Police did not immediatel­y respond to questions Sunday.

“The six sustained cases should not diminish the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police officers,” the agency said Saturday. “On January 6, the bravery and courage exhibited by the vast majority of our employees was inspiring.”

Lawmakers and the public have largely celebrated the actions of police who responded on Jan. 6, when supporters of President Donald Trump made their way inside the Capitol to try to stop the certificat­ion of President Biden’s election victory.

The attack resulted in five deaths, including of a police officer. Four other officers on duty that day have since died by suicide, and more than 100 officers were injured after being harassed, beaten and sprayed with chemical substances by the mob.

Months after the insurrecti­on, several officers who responded that day said they continued to suffer physical and psychologi­cal trauma from the attack. Last month, the Capitol Police concluded its internal investigat­ion into Lt. Michael Byrd, the officer who fatally shot rioter Ashli Babbitt, and found no wrongdoing, saying his use of force was within the department’s guidelines.

Still, photos and videos of some troubling police interactio­ns during the Jan. 6 siege spread online, prompting concern. In one image, an officer was captured apparently posing for a selfie with a rioter. Two rioters later claimed that one officer shook their hands and told them, “It’s your house now,” according to the FBI.

“There were clearly enormous strategic and planning failures by the Capitol Police, by the sergeant-at-arms and anyone else who was a part of coordinati­ng this effort,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D- Ohio), chairman of the committee that controls the Capitol Police budget, said in a virtual news conference on the evening of Jan. 6. “There was a strategic breakdown, for sure, and you can bet your a-- we are going to get to the bottom of it.”

In July, the agency named a new police chief, J. Thomas Manger, who was selected by three members of the Capitol Police Board and top congressio­nal leaders. Manger has expressed confidence in the department and promised to scrutinize dozens of recommenda­tions stemming from Jan. 6 to continue protecting lawmakers and the Capitol.

In the days following the insurrecti­on, Capitol Police suspended several officers and launched investigat­ions into more than a dozen others over suspected involvemen­t with or inappropri­ate support for the insurrecti­on.

In March, another Capitol Police officer was suspended after antisemiti­c reading material was found near a security checkpoint.

On Saturday, the agency said its office of profession­al responsibi­lity initiated 38 internal investigat­ions related to the Jan. 6 attack and that the U.S. attorney’s office did not find sufficient evidence of any crime being committed by any officers involved in the internal investigat­ions.

The office was able to identify the officers involved in 26 of the 38 cases, the Capitol Police said, while other complaints did not contain enough identifyin­g informatio­n. In 20 of the cases, no wrongdoing was found, the agency said.

Another case, in which an officer is accused of “unsatisfac­tory performanc­e and conduct unbecoming,” remains pending.

 ?? AMANDA ANDRADE-RHOADES FOR THE WASHINGTON POST ?? A pro-trump mob clashes with police outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photos and videos of some troubling police interactio­ns during the siege spread online, prompting investigat­ions.
AMANDA ANDRADE-RHOADES FOR THE WASHINGTON POST A pro-trump mob clashes with police outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photos and videos of some troubling police interactio­ns during the siege spread online, prompting investigat­ions.

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