As soon as Americans were able to catch their breath on January 6th, something worrisome and peculiar came into focus: The would-be insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol seemed to encounter very little resistance from law enforcement. In fact, there were moments during which the two forces, the MAGA mob and the cops, seemed downright joyous to be in one another’s company.
This, of course, led to concerns that perhaps some on the force did not have what’s best for the nation at the top of their priority list, which, for obvious reasons, is a problem for Capitol Police.
The Agency has now revealed the extent to which an internal investigation has gone in pursuit of police purity.
Six US Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay, and 29 others have been placed under investigation, for their actions in the January 6 riot, a department spokesman said Thursday.
“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,” department spokesman John Stolnis told CNN.
CNN reported in January that the USCP had placed at least 10 officers under investigation, and two others had been suspended.
Some of the actions described in these investigations were bold, to say the least.
One of the suspended officers took a selfie with someone who was part of the mob that overtook the Capitol, according to Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio. Another wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and started directing people around the building, Ryan said.
Congress is planning to launch a full scale, 9/11 commission-style investigation into the events of January 6th, and will likely dedicate a fair amount of time to the issue of possible “insider” tactics.
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