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Capitol Police are investigating the role of their own officers in the January 6 riots

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Over the weekend, the police department said it was investigating the actions of 35 Capitol police officers during the January 6 riots. In six of them, the authority was temporarily suspended by maintaining the salary.

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, were killed during an attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol when they overcame resistance from security forces. Later, two law enforcement officers committed suicide.

John Stolnis, a spokesman for the police department, said: “Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has issued a statement saying that any member of the department whose conduct violates the rules of the department will be punished accordingly.”

Information about the details of the investigation has not been provided yet.

A hearing in the House of Representatives committee is scheduled for Feb. 25, where the Capitol security breach will be examined on Jan. 6. Testimonies will be given by Pittman and Bocaul of the House of Representatives.

According to congressional staff and some lawmakers, investigators were investigating the Capitol police response and also whether any officers assisted the rioters.

Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan said just days after the attack it was revealed that two officers had been suspended. One took a “selfie” with a protester, another wore a pro-Trump hat and led protesters inside the building.

It is not clear at this stage, these are among the 35 officers whose case is being investigated if by establishing personal contact with the demonstrators, they were trying to intimidate the rebels.

Reuters reports that after Trump addressed the crowd near the White House, he said: “We are fighting. “We are fighting hard, and if you do not fight hard, you will not have a country,” the right-wing protesters marched on the Capitol.

The rioters went to Congress and temporarily blocked lawmakers who, after a series of attempts by Trump to change the outcome of the election, officially certified Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3, 2020 election.

One week after the riots, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives impeached Trump for inciting the uprising. The Senate did not find him guilty when a majority of Republicans voted to acquit him.

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