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Capitol Policer Officer Who Took Selfie with Pro-Trump Rioter Has Been Suspended


Two Capitol police officers have been suspended for their behavior last Wednesday as an armed insurrection unfolded and angry Trump supporters poured into the Capitol to disrupt Congress, said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio, 13th District) on Monday. One officer got in trouble for wearing a MAGA hat and directing rioters, and another took a selfie with an intruder.

The incident in D.C., in which supporters of President Donald Trump took over the Capitol Building after a Trump rally near the White House, has led to widespread criticism against the Capitol police, as well as the resignation of its chief. At best, the department was accused of being unprepared. At worst, some members of the police force were accused of enabling the crowd.

Footage at the scene showed an officer taking a selfie with another man.

Rep. Ryan said he was unclear on the detail behind another law enforcement official being arrested, and needed to follow up. It was later reported that his office said no law enforcement were arrested in connection to the insurrection.

Ryan announced that up to 15 officers were being looked at for their actions.

Capitol police did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

Chief Steven Sund recently announced his resignation after five people died amid the chaos. Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, 35, was shot and killed by Capitol police. Three other Trump supporters–Rosanne Boyland, 34, Kevin Greeson, 55; and Benjamin Phillips, 50–died from what cops described as “medical emergencies.” The death of Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick is being investigated as a possible murder as he was allegedly struck with a fire extinguisher.

Capitol police officer, Howard Liebengooddied by suicide on Saturday.

Update – 7:01 p.m.: Ryan’s office said no law enforcement were arrested in connection to the insurrection.

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