United States

Capitol police officers sue Trump, Proud Boys over Jan. 6 riots

21:35, 26 August 2021
Capitol police officers sue Trump, Proud Boys over Jan. 6 riots Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/AdMedia

Seven officers who served at Capitol during the Jan. 6 events filed a lawsuit against the former US President Donald Trump, as well as different far-right groups like the Proud Boys for their reported role in the Capitol riots which lead to the deaths of over 5 people.

According to the prosecutors, the above-mentioned have attempted to overthrow current US President Joe Biden “through the use of force, intimidation, and threats.”

“Many Defendants in this case planned, aided, and actively participated in that attack. All Defendants are responsible for it,” according to the lawsuit.

The seven officers that filed the lawsuit said that they have been “violently assaulted, spat on, tear-gassed, bear-sprayed, subjected to racial slurs and epithets, and put in fear for their lives” during the events at Capitol hill on the 6th of January.

The lawsuit is the fourth one filed against former US President Trump in connection to the Capitol events. 

In a joint statement, the seven officers said that their work became much more difficult after the riots.

“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,” they said.

The Capitol events have had a strong psychological impact on many officers who were present at the scene as four Capitol Hill riot officers were found dead by suicide.

Earlier, the Library of  Congress was under a threat as a driver of a suspicious vehicle parked near the building and threatened to explode himself, however, after talks with the officers he turned himself in.