Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) said on Monday that two Capitol Police officers were suspended and that a member of the National Guard or a Capitol cop was arrested following inquiries into the storming of the Capitol last Wednesday. A total of ten to fifteen officers are under investigation, Ryan said. Ryan oversees the Capitol Police as chairman of the legislative branch subcommittee.
Ryan said one officer was suspended for posing for a selfie with a protester inside the Capitol and another was suspended for wearing a MAGA hat and apparently leading protesters into the building.
The Hill reported that Ryan said there was no indication of internal work, “Ryan, who chairs the fundraising committee that oversees the Capitol Police, said there was no evidence broader “internal work”, nor any indication that members of the force had cooperated with or organized with the insurgents… Ryan confirmed that there were between 10 and 15 fault investigations in total during the event In progress.
Ryan made these remarks during a virtual press conference:
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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH): 2 Capitol police have been suspended for their alleged involvement in the January 6 riots. pic.twitter.com/TXRZeRHwDS
– The recount (@therecount) January 11, 2021
Cop Selfie Video:
Why is a member of the Capitol Police taking a selfie with members of the crowd? pic.twitter.com/m75Wmob2NM
– Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) January 6, 2021
UPDATE: Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman confirms investigations and suspensions.
STATEMENT BY PARTIAL CHIEF YOGANANDA PITTMAN
January 11, 2021 Press release
As Acting Chief of Police, I am committed to leading the United States Capitol Police Department (USCP) during this difficult time.
I would first like to express my gratitude for the kind words and prayers we received after the loss of two members of our USCP family last week. Officer Brian D. Sicknick and Officer Howard C. Liebengood were highly respected police officers, and both will be sorely missed. The Ministry continues to provide extensive support services to their families as well as USCP employees to help them through this difficult time.
The Department is fully engaged with its law enforcement partners throughout the National Capital Region at the federal, state and local levels. We have comprehensive and coordinated plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the congressional community and the upcoming presidential inauguration. There will be no public access to the Capitol grounds during the inauguration, and the event will continue as planned.
The Department has also actively reviewed videos and other open source material from certain USCP officers and officials who appear to violate Department regulations and policies. Our Professional Responsibility Office will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action up to and including termination. Several USCP agents have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.
The Jan. 6 riot investigation is continuing in collaboration with numerous law enforcement agencies and the USCP, along with its law enforcement partners, are actively working to identify and arrest the people involved in the destruction of property at the US Capitol complex. We intend to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.