Several U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended and more than a dozen others are under investigation for suspected involvement with or support for the demonstration last week that turned into a deadly riot at the Capitol, reports the Washington Post. Eight separate investigations have been launched into the actions of Capitol officers. In one case, officers posted messages showing support for the rally on Wednesday that preceded the attack on the complex, including touting President Donald Trump’s baseless contention that the election had been stolen through voter fraud. Another Capitol officer posted “inappropriate” images of President-elect Joe Biden on a social media account. The scrutiny of the Capitol Police comes amid intensifying recriminations over why the complex was insufficiently protected when thousands of Trump supporters converged to protest the congressional action to certify Biden’s win. Former Capitol police chief Steven Sund, who resigned after the attack, said congressional security officials had rebuffed his efforts to put the D.C. National Guard on standby before the joint session.
One police officer died as a result of the mayhem and others were seriously injured. Four civilians also died. Acting Capitol police chief Yogananda Pittman said only that “several” officers have been suspended. She said the agency “will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination.” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), whose committee has financial oversight of the Capitol Police, said one of those suspended was captured in images that appear to show a Capitol officer allowing or even posing for a rioter to take a picture with the officer inside a security checkpoint. An alarm blares as men from the crowd appear to keep entering the door without police checking for weapons. The other suspended officer was seen wearing a red Make America Great Again as rioters surrounded the Capitol.