7 Capitol Cops Sue Trump
The cops say Trump, far right groups, and Roger Stone fueled a racist attack on the officers
Seven Capitol police officers have filed a lawsuit against Trump, his ally Roger Stone, and members of far-right groups that took part in the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. This attack left five people dead and led to four other officers committing suicide over the past few months since the attack.
According to the civil rights suit, the officers allege that Trump was acting in concert with groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to engage in acts of domestic terrorism and Trump’s actions were designed to unlawfully keep him in power despite losing the 2020 election. The plaintiffs say the effort was fueled by the defendants’ promotion of white supremacist-laden conspiracy theories about the election being swayed by widespread voter fraud, particularly in areas with significant Black populations. Five of the officers who are involved in the lawsuit are black.
“As this lawsuit makes clear, the Jan. 6 insurrection was not just an attack on individuals, but an attack on democracy itself. It was a blatant attempt to stifle the votes and voices of millions of Americans, particularly Black voters,” said Damon Hewitt, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is representing the officers. “For months after the 2020 election had been officially called, former President Trump and his associates made coordinated and systematic attempts to lodge their false claims of election fraud, targeted toward major cities with significant populations of voters of color. The lies of this conspiracy intentionally energized white supremacists and violent extremist groups and actively encouraged them to coordinate the violent attack on the Capitol. These actions put our clients in harm’s way to defend the votes and voices the conspiracy was intended to silence.”
The seven officers are seasoned veterans of the force with 150 years of service between them. According to a press release from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the officers endured hours of hand-to-hand combat as attackers spat on them, tear-gassed them, sprayed them with bear spray, beat them, tackled them, screamed racial slurs and epithets at them. Due to the attack, the plaintiffs say they suffered significant physical, psychological, and emotional injuries that they continue to deal with nearly nine months after the attack.
“We joined the Capitol Police to uphold the law and protect the Capitol community. On Jan. 6 we tried to stop people from breaking the law and destroying our democracy,” the officers said in a statement. “Since then, our jobs and those of our colleagues have become infinitely more dangerous. We want to do what we can to make sure the people who did this are held accountable and that no one can do this again.”