May 13, 2021 16:43

Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump Over January 6 Riot

Two Capitol Police officers who were on duty during the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol sued former President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, saying he was responsible for the physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result of the day’s events, ones that he spurred on for months beforehand, reports the New York Times.  The Capitol Police officers who sued Trump, James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, filed their complaint in the Federal District Court in the District of Columbia, and are each seeking compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, plus punitive damages. Officer Hemby remains in physical therapy for neck and back injuries that he sustained on Jan. 6 and “has struggled to manage the emotional fallout from being relentlessly attacked,” according to the complaint. Officer Blassingame, a 17-year veteran of the force, suffered head and back injuries during the riot, the complaint said, and experienced back pain, depression and insomnia afterward. Officer Hemby remains in physical therapy for neck and back injuries that he sustained. The lawsuit is the first to be brought against the former president by Capitol Police officers. The force has more than 2,000 officers.

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