35 Capitol Police Officers Under Investigation for Alleged Role in Jan 6 Riots
6 cops suspended for allegedly facilitating violence at Capitol building
Dozens of Capitol Police officers are under investigation for their alleged role in the January 6 riots.
So far, six cops have been suspended with pay over the rioting, while another 29 are still being investigated.
The officers are accused of neglecting their duties and even facilitating the violence while the Capitol building was stormed.
Speaking with CNN on Thursday, a department spokesperson said that officers are facing punishment for violating their policies during the riots.
"Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the actions of 35 police officers from that day," said John Stolnis.
"Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has directed that any member of her department whose behavior is not in keeping with the Department's Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline."
Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio said that one of the suspended officers had taken a selfie with the rioters, according to The Blaze.
Another is accused of wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and helping direct rioters at the Capitol building.
Four protesters died at the Capitol rioting while one Capitol Police officer died and another two officers committed suicide in the days following the incident.
Early reports indicated that the officer, Brian Sicknick, had been died from injuries he suffered from being hit by a fire extinguisher.
However, that account changed weeks later after a more thorough investigation.
Gus Papathanasiou, the head of the Capitol Police Labor Committee, said that other officers received serious injuries including cracked ribs, brain injuries, and smashed spinal discs.
Another officer was stabbed with a metal stake, while a different officer would lose an eye from his injuries.
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and the sergeants-at-arms resigned in the days following the rioting.
Law enforcement officials have charged over 230 Capitol rioters.
Some, like Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas, apologized for their actions and said they would be willing to testify before Congress about their actions.
Federal prosecutors have said they have opened over 400 investigations into other possible criminals.