Two US Capitol police officers suspended over Trump riot, says lawmaker

Officer who took selfie with rioter is one of those being investigated by force

Graeme Massie
Monday 11 January 2021 23:10 GMT
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Two US Capitol police officers have been suspended over the Trump riot, says a lawmaker.

One of those who action has been taken against is the officer who was caught on video posing for a selfie picture with a rioter as they stormed the Capitol Building.

And the other is an officer who put on a MAGA hat and directed rioters around the building, according to Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, who sits on the committee that funds the Capitol police.

Mr Ryan told reporters that he has been told that there are as now as many as 15 investigations being made into Capitol police officers following the riots, but did not give specific details.

“I know that there were two people that were suspended,” Ryan said during a press call. 

“One was the selfie officer and another was an officer that put a MAGA hat on that started directing some people around."

The Democrat added that force’s interim chief was “taking aggressive action within the department” to uncover if officers gave the rioters any help or coordination.

The footage of the officer posing for a selfie, was originally posted to twitter by journalist Timothy Burke.

The clip appeared to show an officer of the United States Capitol Police, wearing a high visibility vest and badge, posing for a photo with man who had stormed the building.

The pair, surrounded by Trump supporters wearing red Trump hats and carrying flags, are seen leaning in for the picture before nodding at each other after it was apparently been taken.

Five people, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, were killed in the riot which lead to the resignation of the force’s chief.

An officer who was on duty during the violence died by suicide over the weekend, his family announced.

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