Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said that one of the Capitol police officers took a photo with a mob who caught up with the Capitol and the other was wearing a “make America great again” Hat and began to guide people around the building. Democrats. He did not disclose the number of other police officers under investigation, but confirmed that they were between the ages of 10 and 15, and did not disclose what checks they were under. It was just the behavior during the riots.
Ryan added that one person was arrested, but he did not know whether the person was a police officer or a member of the National Guard. He said that more details about the arrest will be announced later.
Sources said that federal investigative interests are a priority and part of a wider investigation of the thugs in the Capitol. Authorities say that investigating the relationship between the insurgents and law enforcement is a top priority because the skills used by trained officials in the performance of their duties may be useful to extremist mobs. This includes changing rooms, guarding personnel, protecting areas and moving guns.
Democrats in the House of Representatives also questioned the possible sympathy of the attackers in the US Congressional police. The agency has not yet responded to CNN̵
Others among the South Carolina Democrat House Whip Jim Clyburn (Jim Clyburn) and others questioned whether certain police officers in the Capitol assisted the demonstrators and participated in Wednesday’s riots. For example, Clyburn said that it is hateful that the rioters know the location of the parliamentarian’s office.
Early videos-one showing Trump supporters posing for a photo with police near the entrance to the Capitol, and another that appeared to indicate that the police let protesters into the building-were widely circulated on social media.
It was later discovered that the second video tape was taken one hour after the violation of the Capitol.
California Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Zoe Lofgren), one of the chairmen of the House of Representatives committee chairing the Capitol Police, said he would investigate the videos.
Lovegren said: “Many social media have expressed concerns about individual officials. They know that if you watch the video, you may take photos with these instigators, or even let it go.” “We need to investigate this thoroughly, but I I also know that many officers responded bravely. Many officers were injured while protecting the Capitol. We want to thank them for their patriotism in protecting this democratic temple.”
During the attack, their presence in Washington was exposed through social media or other means, and at least seven officers from five other departments across the country were under internal investigation.
An official in New York, an official in Philadelphia, two officials in Seattle, two officials in Virginia, and an official in Texas are under investigation by the department for possible violations of rules. In addition, the FBI has contacted some departments as part of a criminal investigation into the Capitol overspending.
This number is likely to increase as investigators and the public screen through social media and raise allegations that individuals may be involved in the siege.
The police department has stated that their investigation will depend on the type of police officers involved in the attack last week.
Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Administration Research Forum, said: “Walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, expressing yourself and entering the building, the rioters there rioted and beat the police to make them inaccessible. s difference.”
“This will be the problem. They are just coming to participate in the parade instead of entering the building and becoming part of the (riot).”
No law enforcement officers have been charged with crimes.
In the 2020 election, more than 70 million people voted for Trump, and he often touts the police as strong supporters. One person on duty was killed in the attack last week and dozens of others were injured. The police heretics order that supported Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 elections issued a statement calling on him to condemn those who attacked the Capitol and urging everyone to “refuse violence and obey law enforcement orders.”
The FBI is investigating the attack on the Capitol, and members of Congress have promised to investigate. A spokesperson for the Congressional Police did not respond to a request for comment.
Wexler said that almost every police department has a “misconduct” section in its rulebook that can be used to disciplinary actions against officials. He said that military officers can exercise their First Amendment rights, but need to maintain credibility so that they can testify.
He said: “Becoming a police officer is indeed different from other positions, because credibility is very important when it comes to testifying in a case.” “When you are a police officer, your outside activities are closely related to testifying. … This makes the chief of police feel that Worry. That’s why you only start an internal investigation when you have reason to believe that the police officer is involved.”
Wexler said: “I think this is worth investigating. This is totally worth investigating.” “You have a policeman who was killed in these riots. You have great concerns about safety, police officers at work.
Wexler said investigators will want to determine whether they were only participating in a rally, or if they entered the Capitol when a mob tried to overturn the election.
“Are they using the facts of the police to gain access in some way? This will be a serious problem. Will they enter the building and follow other people who break into the building? This will be a serious problem and may cost them their lives. , Wexler said.
This is an emergency and will be updated.
CNN’s Jessica Schneider, Mark Morales, Manu Raju, Dana Bash, Daniela Diaz (Daniella Diaz), Michael Holmes (Michael Holmes), Josh Campbell (Josh Campbell), Jeremy Herb (Ever Perez), Kelsie Smith (Kelsie Smith) and Paul Murphy (Paul Murphy) all Contributed to this story.