The United States Capitol Police (USCP) has recommended that six officers face disciplinary actions for their behavior during the January 6th events in Washington D.C.. The probe was reluctantly started after videos from January 6th showed officers breaking regulations. The killer of Ashli Babbitt is not among them.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) February 5, 2021
A statement released by Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said:
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including termination.”
“Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.”
“Some complaints did not contain enough information to identify the officer at the center of the complaint. Three for conduct unbecoming. One for failure to comply with directives. One for improper remarks. One for improper dissemination of information.”
Thirty-eight internal investigations were started by the USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) since January 6th. They were able to identify the officers in 26 of the cases, but they only brought charges against six. That appears to be a low number. My guess is those six will receive a slap on the wrist or less. This smells like a cover-up. One additional case is pending for an officer accused of “unsatisfactory performance” and “conduct unbecoming.”
The statement said:
“The Department is committed to accountability when officers fail to meet the standards governed by USCP policies and the Congressional Community’s expectations.”
“The bravery and courage exhibited by the vast majority of our employees was inspiring.”
Matt Braynard, a former Trump staffer who is organizing the Sept. 18 rally, said that the protest would be peaceful and that members of Congress were invited to speak. Rallies also will be held in 13 state capitals, Braynard said.
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“This fake insurrection narrative will not be defeated by ignoring it,” Braynard tweeted Saturday. “Help us push back and demand #justiceforj6 at the US Capitol on September 18.”
“We are closely monitoring Sept. 18,” Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said. “After Jan. 6, we made department-wide changes to the way we gather and share intelligence internally and externally. I am confident the work we are doing now will make sure our officers have what they need to keep everyone safe.”