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Brown Scare update: Two Capitol police suspended, others investigated for “possible involvement in riot”

They’re also calling it an “insurrection.” 

So, as Dick Atlee notes, there’s clearly a Fifth Column hard at work to make the USA a Nazi dictatorship, under Donald Trump. Thank God the FBI, and media, are on it!

From the Fordham U Center on National Security Tuesday, January 12, 2021: 

Two Capitol Police Officers Suspended, Others Investigated for Possible Involvement in Riot 

Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were suspended and up to 15 more are under investigation for their behavior during last week’s assault on the Capitol. At a press conference Monday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who chairs the subcommittee that funds the police force, stated that one officer had been suspended after taking a selfie with a member of the mob that overtook the Capitol. The other had worn a “Make America Great Again” hat and started directing people around the building. Ryan confirmed that between 10 and 15 other officers were also under investigation for their behavior during the riot. Details of the suspensions were limited, Ryan explained. He stated, “I don’t have any direct evidence of, as yet, of any kind of inside job.” 

Democratic House members have also raised questions about potential sympathies for the attackers among the Capitol Police ranks. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has questioned whether some Capitol Police officers were complicit in Wednesday’s insurrection. He pointed to rioters’ uncanny knowledge of the location of lawmakers’ offices. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) who chairs a House committee that oversees the Capitol Police addressed social media videos showing suspect behavior: “A number of social media [posts] have indicated concerns about individual officers who…may have taken selfies with these seditionists or even let them in.” She stated the “need to thoroughly investigate” those instances, while acknowledging that “many officers…responded with tremendous bravery.” 

Federal agents are looking into allegation about whether current and former law enforcement officers played a role in the riot. At least seven officers from five police departments located elsewhere in the country have come under internal investigations for their presence in Washington during the assault. These include one officer from New York, one from Philadelphia, two from Seattle, two from Virginia and one from Texas. The number may grow as investigators and the public sift through social media and lodge allegations about officers involved in the siege. No law enforcement member has been charged with a crime to this point. Still, the insurrection has raised many questions about how the mob breached the U.S. Capitol. It has already led to the resignations of Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and the sergeants-at-arms of the Senate and of the House, Michael Stenger and Paul D. Irving. CNN, Roll Call, NBC News, NPR, Washington Post 

Related: New York Times: Justice Dept. Pursues at Least 150 Suspects in Capitol Riot Associated Press: Why National Guard’s Role Was Limited During Riot CBS News: President Trump Admits to House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy That He’s Partly to Blame for Violence at U.S. Capitol

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