Capitol Police Recommends Disciplinary Action Against 6 Officers
In SummaryThe cases stem from internal investigations against officers involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection where the United States capitol was attacked by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump. The mob wanted to overturn Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Disciplinary action has been recommended by the United States Capitol Police in six cases against their officers due to findings in the internal investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
No charges have been filed, but the USCP said the disciplinary actions include three unbecoming conduct charges and one each for failure to comply with directives, improper remarks and improper dissemination of information.
“The six sustained cases should not diminish the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police officers,” the USCP stated in a release. “On January 6, the bravery and courage exhibited by the vast majority of our employees was inspiring.”
On Jan. 6, the United States capitol was violently attacked by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump. The mob wanted to overturn Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election by storming the halls of the joint session of Congress. Congress at the time was counting electoral votes that would confirm the victory of President Joe Biden.
The building was locked down, and lawmakers and staff were evacuated while rioters vandalized and set fire to part of the building.
A woman who tried to enter the Capitol through a window was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer. No charges were filed against the officer. Many people were injured during the raid, including 138 police officers.
Matt Braynard, a former Trump staffer, has organized a Sept. 18 rally called “Justice for J6.” The rally is a protest for defendants who are detained by the government in connection to the January insurrection.
Braynard said the protest would be peaceful and that members of Congress are invited to speak.
“We are closely monitoring Sept. 18 and we are planning accordingly,” said Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger. “After Jan. 6, we made department-wide changes to the way we gather and share intelligence internally and externally. I am confident the work we are doing now will make sure our officers have what they need to keep everyone safe.”