Liz Cheney says it was ‘disgusting and despicable’ for fellow GOP Rep. Paul Gosar to accuse Capitol Police of ‘lying in wait’ for Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt

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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

  • Liz Cheney rebuked Paul Gosar for saying that the Capitol Police “executed” Ashli Babbitt.
  • Babbitt, one of the Jan. 6 rioters, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer.
  • “It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day,” Cheney said.
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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Tuesday blasted fellow Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for placing the blame for the death of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt with the Capitol Police.

Cheney, one of the most prominent Republican critics of former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, rebuked Gosar for his comments in a tweet.

“On January 6, as the violent mob advanced on the House chamber, I was standing near @RepGosar and helped him open his gas mask,” she wrote. “The Capitol Police led us to safety. It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day and smear the men and women who defended us.”

During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, Gosar questioned FBI director Christopher Wray about Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a Capitol police officer.

After Gosar asked Wray if he knew who “executed” Babbitt, Wray said that he didn’t know the name of the officer who was involved in the shooting.

“It’s disturbing,” Gosar said at the hearing. “The Capitol police officer that did this shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her.”

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In April, the Department of Justice announced that they would not pursue charges against the officer who shot and killed Babbitt.

In a statement at the time, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said “the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”

On Tuesday, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a vocal Trump critic, also criticized Gosar for his comments regarding Babbitt.

“You’re sick Paul, sadly,” he tweeted. “Truth is, Ashli was manipulated by people like you and breached an area and put lives in danger despite being repeatedly warned not to. The real criminals are the liars abusing people for political power.”

Since the Jan. 6 riot, some of the most conservative House members have tried to downplay the severity of the attack, including Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who described the harrowing scene at the Capitol as similar to a “normal tourist visit.”

Later on Tuesday, Gosar and 20 other House Republicans voted against legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to police officers who protected lawmakers during the riot.

The legislation easily cleared the House in a 406-21 vote.

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21 Republican lawmakers vote against honoring law enforcement for their work during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

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In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington.

  • More than 20 GOP lawmakers voted against a bill awarding law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
  • Not a single House Democrat opposed the measure, which passed with the overwhelming support of 406 members.
  • A few Republican lawmakers took issue with calling the storming of the Capitol an “insurrection.”
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More than 20 Republican lawmakers voted against a bill the House passed on Tuesday awarding all law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the January 6 Capitol riot.

Not a single House Democrat opposed the measure, which passed with the overwhelming support of 406 members.

A few Republican lawmakers said they opposed the bill because it referred to the riot led by former President Donald Trump’s loyalists to disrupt Congress’ certification of the presidential election as an “insurrection.”

“I think it was a mob, but I don’t think it was an insurrection,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican.

“I think if we call that an insurrection, it could have a bearing on their case that I don’t think would be good,” Massie told reporters on Tuesday. “If they just wanted to give the police recognition, they could have done it without trying to make it partisan, without sticking that in there,” he added.

Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania conservative, called the legislation “garbage.”

Far-right Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also said she disagreed with the use of the term and didn’t approve of the bill’s description of the Capitol building as “the temple of our American Democracy.”

Senators have already introduced a similar piece of legislation that will likely pass the chamber.

In March, the House passed a different bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police and the DC Police Department that failed to pass the Senate. A dozen Republican House members opposed that bill. Last month, the Senate honored Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who was widely celebrated for protecting lawmakers and deterring rioters inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

Much of the current GOP opposition stems from some of the language in the bills, specifically around the Democrats’ use of the term “insurrectionists” to describe the rioters who overtook the Capitol.

Tuesday’s resolution also named the three officers who died in the aftermath of the riots, Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffrey Smith, and included Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, who was killed on April 2 during a car-ramming attack at a Capitol Hill security barricade.

Another difference in Tuesday’s version is that it calls for four medals to be awarded to the various police forces who aided the effort, with one medal to be displayed within the Capitol.

Senate leaders struck a deal with the House to broaden Tuesday’s resolution so that all officers who responded receive a gold medal, and not just Eugene Goodman, meaning that the Senate may be more unified in supporting the current bill.

The Republicans who voted against the second version of the bill on Tuesday were:

  • Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona
  • Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado
  • Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas
  • Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia
  • Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texa
  • Rep. Bob Good of Virginia
  • Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia
  • Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland
  • Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia
  • Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois
  • Rep. Barry Moore of Alabama
  • Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina
  • Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
  • Rep. John Rose of Tennessee
  • Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana
  • Rep. Chip Roy of Texas
  • Rep. Greg Steube of Florida

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A Capitol Police officer said he didn’t use his gun at the Jan. 6 insurrection because it would have been like ‘throwing kerosene’ on a fire

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.

  • Capitol Police Officer James Blassingame said he wouldn’t have survived the insurrection if he fired his gun.
  • He compared firing his gun to “throwing kerosene” on a “four-alarm blaze.”
  • Blassingame spoke about the insurrection in a “PBS News Hour” interview that aired Wednesday.
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A Capitol Police officer says he didn’t fire his gun at the January 6 insurrection because he feared it would have been like “throwing kerosene” on a fire.

“The only reason why I didn’t do it was because the mentality was, this is a four-alarm blaze,” Officer James Blassingame told “PBS News Hour” in an interview that aired Wednesday. “And if I pull my gun out and start shooting, I’m throwing kerosene on it. Maybe there’s a chance I survive if I don’t pull my weapon, but, if I do, I’m probably not going to make it out of here alive. You don’t have enough bullets.”

Blassingame, who has filed a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump accusing him of inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol, said that he had never been in a situation where felt he needed to use his gun until the siege.

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Rep. Eric Swalwell says GOP opponents of the Jan. 6 commission aren’t ‘standing up for the cops that protected them’

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Representative Eric Swalwell of California.

  • Rep. Eric Swalwell criticized GOP opponents of a bill that would create a January 6 commission.
  • He said that Republicans are “blowing it” and not “standing up” for the cops that protected them.
  • Swalwell was hopeful that the bill could clear the Senate, despite opposition from Mitch McConnell.
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Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California criticized the overwhelming GOP opposition to a bipartisan January 6 commission in a recent podcast interview with The Daily Beast, saying that the party is “completely blowing it.”

During an episode of “The New Abnormal” featuring editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast, Swalwell mocked the Republican Party’s approach to handling the bill, which Democrats modified in order to secure GOP support for investigating the deadly Capitol insurrection.

“Go negotiate this deal. Get everything we want, bring it back, and then let’s reject it,” Swalwell said of the strategy of GOP leadership. “That’s a hell of a game plan. If this is any preview of how they would govern, I think it’s good reason not to let them anywhere close to a [House] majority.”

Swalwell lauded Democratic attempts to enact policing reforms and seek answers regarding the safety of the officers who protect lawmakers at the Capitol complex.

“When you look at law and order, you’re starting to see a party that can hold the cops accountable when they make mistakes and put reforms in place, but also a party that can stand by them when they act honorably,” he said. “Here, you see they’re [Republicans are] completely blowing it and walking away when it comes to standing up for the cops that protected them.”

He added: “There are Republican colleagues of mine who I think look these officers in the eyes, recognize that these are the people who take care us, and this is the one opportunity to show them that you’re taking care of them and saying a meaningful thank you to them.”

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Swalwell said that a few Republicans are starting to envision their party without the influence of former President Donald Trump, who was impeached by the House for his role in the riot and is highly critical of the legislation.

While the House passed the bill to establish the commission in a 252-175 vote, with 35 Republicans joining every Democrat to back the legislation, Swalwell pointed out that most of the GOP still shunned it.

“We’re talking about 80%t went the other way, right?,” he said. “So I don’t give them too much credit. I was heartened to see 35 of them.”

Swalwell also said that he was surprised that 7 Republicans joined 50 Democrats to find guilty Trump of incitement of insurrection in his second Senate impeachment trial.

While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky came out against the bill last week, imperiling its chances to overcome a filibuster, Swalwell is still hoping for some GOP support in the upper chamber.

“I would hope that the seven that voted to remove Donald Trump for causing the insurrection would at least want to understand what an independent commission said about the insurrection,” he said. “Almost every recommendation from the September 11 Commission was put into place so that we would be safer. And so if we can’t do that [for January 6], who’s to say that this couldn’t happen again?”

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The Capitol police must start looking at itself as a ‘protective force’ for Congress after the Capitol riot, inspector general says

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Capitol police in riot gear guard as supporters of President Donald Trump try to open a door of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

  • The Inspector General for the Capitol Police said the department needs more resources.
  • Michael Bolton told lawmakers they needed a counterintelligence unit following the Capitol attack.
  • He said the force needs to start looking at themselves as a”protective agency” for Congress.
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The Capitol Police have to start looking at themselves as a “protective agency” that prioritizes intelligence after the January 6 Capitol attack, the agency’s inspector general said.

Inspector General Michael Bolton told a House congressional committee on Monday that the agency must create a counterintelligence unit since it was not equipped to deal with the high amount of intelligence before the Capitol riot, NPR reported.

“A standalone entity with a defined mission dedicated to counter-surveillance activities in support of protecting the congressional community would improve the department’s ability to identify and disrupt individuals or groups intent on engaging in illegal activity directed at the congressional community for its legislative process,” Bolton told the committee.

Bolton said the presence of their forces around the Capitol on January 6 was depleted after officers had to respond to pipe bomb reports near the offices of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, The Washington Post reported.

“Invariably, when there’s an incident, police officers swarm. When you’re in protective mode, you have an area of responsibility,” Bolton said, adding that a more efficient approach would have been having Capitol police make a perimeter around the Capitol and have other agencies like the FBI or DC police respond to the pipe bomb reports.

“If those pipe bombs were intended to be a diversion, it worked,” Bolton said.

Lawmakers pressed Bolton on commands given and how police responded to the scene. Politico reported that Rep. Zoe Lofgren pressed Bolton on a report that Capitol police were aware that 200 Proud Boy extremists were gathering around the Capitol the morning of the attack, but police were sent to monitor three or four counter-protests instead.

“Why did the department decide to monitor the … counter demonstrators but apparently, according to this timeline, not to monitor the Proud Boys?” Lofgren asked Bolton. “What happened to these 200 Proud Boys over the course of the day?”

Bolton could not answer Lofgren’s question but said “We have the same kind of concerns.”

He said he would look into what happened and provide answers during his next briefing to Congress in June.

Several Proud Boys as well as members of groups like the Oath Keepers have been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the Capitol riot.

A spokesperson for Capitol Police told Politico that they did get information about the Proud Boys presence from the Metropolitan Police Department.

“USCP pushed that information out to the intelligence distribution,” the spokesperson said. “The department was on the lookout for any and all potential threats on January 6.”

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A Capitol Police officer reported hearing a radio dispatch to only look for ‘anti-Trump’ protesters on January 6, congresswoman says

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.

  • The Capitol Police officer reported hearing a radio message to only look for anti-Trump protesters on January 6.
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren said in a hearing that the officer made the claim as part of an internal review.
  • The force’s inspector general, Michael Bolton, said he had no knowledge of the report yet.
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A Democratic congresswoman said Wednesday that Capitol Police officer may have put out a radio broadcast on the morning of January 6 telling officers to only keep an eye out for potential disturbances by anti-Trump and not pro-Trump protestors, according to a review of the insurrection undertaken by the Capitol Police’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the chairwoman of the House Administration Committee revealed the claim in the report in a Wednesday hearing. She questioned Michael Bolton, the inspector general of the US Capitol Police, about whether he had reviewed that report and if he had any knowledge of reports of Capitol Police officers actively undermining the department’s response to the riots uncovered through OPR’s inquiries.

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In Lofgren and Bolton’s exchange, reported earlier by Politico, Bolton said that he hadn’t yet reviewed the Office’s findings, telling Lofgren he wants to wait until OPR has finished their investigation before examining it.

“In one of those OPR reviews, an officer made specific statements about radio transmissions made to officers outside the Capitol on the morning of January 6. You wouldn’t have that information yet?”

Bolton responded that “at this time, no,” saying he’s planning on reviewing all of OPR’s findings concerning communications on January 6.

Directly quoting from an officer’s statement made as part of an OPR review, Lofgren read: “A radio broadcast was sent to all outside units, ‘attention,’ all units on the field were not looking for any pro-Trump in the crowd, were only looking for any anybody anti-pro-Trump who wants to start a fight.”

The rioters, who sought to disrupt Congress’ counting of Electoral College vote certificates that affirmed former President Donald Trump’s election loss, were almost entirely pro-Trump and/or affiliated with right-wing extremist groups.

Bolton said that he planned to review both the OPR reports and the records of radio transmissions from that day.

In the hearing, Bolton confirmed that six Capitol Police officers are under investigation for their conduct during the January 6 siege.

The force’s lack of preparation and inadequate response to the January 6 insurrection, including whether any officers actively aided rioters that day, is a key focus of congressional investigators probing the riots.

Over 100 Capitol police officers sustained injuries defending the Capitol and one officer, Brian Sicknick, died the day after of two strokes, the D.C. medical examiner ruled.

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Capitol police officers were ordered to not use most aggressive crowd-control tactics against January 6 mob, watchdog report reveals

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

  • Capitol police were told not to use powerful crowd-control tactics during the January 6 riots.
  • “Heavier, less-lethal weapons were not used that day because of orders from leadership,” a watchdog report revealed.
  • The order was given despite an intel report detailing potential violence at the Capitol.
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Despite being tipped off of the January 6 riots, Capitol police officers were ordered not to use their most aggressive crowd-control tactics – like stun grenades – on the mob, a scathing new watchdog report revealed Tuesday.

“Heavier, less-lethal weapons were not used that day because of orders from leadership,” inspector general Michael Bolton wrote in a 104-page report reviewed by The New York Times. CNN first reported about the watchdog report on Thursday, revealing more failures on the part of law enforcement in the January 6 siege.

According to The Times report, Bolton found that the agency failed to properly prepare for and respond to the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, despite potential violence in which “Congress itself is the target.”

He wrote that leaders ordered officers in their Civil Disturbance Unit, which handles the policing of large gatherings of protestors, not to use powerful crowd-control equipment and tactics to disperse the rioters. On-duty officials from the day of the riots told Bolton that the tools could have helped “push back the rioters.”

An intelligence assessment by the Capitol police flagged potential violence from pro-Trump supporters three days before the insurrection.

“Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” the threat assessment said, citing the watchdog report.

“Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike,” the assessment continued.

But on January 5, the Capitol police wrote a threat assessment with regards to the planned protests the next day, noting that there were “no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress,” Bolton wrote in the report.

The watchdog report, titled “Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol,” will be reviewed during a congressional hearing on Thursday, The Times reported.

Five people died following the Capitol riots, including two Capitol police officers.

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Here’s what we know about the suspect that rammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol, killing a USCP officer

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U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021.

  • A driver rammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol Friday, killing one USCP officer and injuring another.
  • The suspect, who multiple outlets have identified as Noah Green, was shot dead at the scene by an officer.
  • Here’s what we know about Green.
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A car rammed into a barricade outside the US Capitol on Friday, injuring two Capitol Police officers, one of whom later died of his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, who multiple outlets have identified as Noah Green, was shot dead by one of the officers after he “exited the car with a knife in hand” and “lunged” at the officers, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference following the incident.

Authorities have yet to confirm a motive behind the incident, but Robert Contee, acting chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, said the incident “does not appear to be terrorism-related.”

The MPD will take over the investigation into the attack, Contee said.

Law enforcement sources said Green, 25, recently lived in Virginia, though NBC News and The New York Times reported that he was from Indiana. Green’s brother, Brendan Green, told The Washington Post Noah had recently lived in Botswana for a brief period but moved into his Virginia apartment two weeks ago after calling him crying and saying he needed help.

Friends and family told The Post they were worried about his mental health in recent years.

Green, who played football at Christopher Newport University, came to believe his teammates had drugged him with Xanax in 2019, which one former teammate told The Post was widely believed to be untrue.

Green’s brother told The Post his brother experienced symptoms, whether from drugs or mental illness, that included “hallucinations, heart palpitations, headaches, and suicidal thoughts,” as well as paranoia.

While living in Botswana, Green told his brother that “his mind was telling him to basically commit suicide” and that he had jumped in front of a car, The Post reported.

Green made several posts on his now-deleted Facebook page detailing his personal struggles in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Times reported.

“To be honest, these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” he wrote. “I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed, after I left my job, partly due to afflictions.”

Green made Facebook posts about the “end times” and the anti-Christ, according to The Times. In a March 17 post, he warned of the “last days of our world as we know it,” NBC News reported.

Weeks before Friday’s attack, Green said on social media that he thought the government was using “mind control” on him, CNN reported.

“The U.S. Government is the #1 enemy of Black people!” Green said on his Instagram account hours before the attack, according to CNN. He also wrote last week that he had suffered “terrible afflictions,” “presumably by the CIA and FBI.”

Green also posted on social media referencing the Nation of Islam, a Black separatist movement that has been designated a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Green shared videos and speeches from the movement’s current leader, Louis Farrakhan, whom the SPLC described as “an antisemite who routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the US government and controlling the levers of world power.” Green’s final Facebook post was on March 21, in which he posted a YouTube video titled “the crucifixion of Michael Jackson” featuring a 150-minute speech by Farrakhan.

Social media accounts belonging to Green were suspended by Facebook following the attack because they fell under the company’s “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy,” The Hill reported.

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The Capitol Police officer who died after Capitol attack was honored with a police procession

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This image provided by the U.S. Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

  • Video shows officers a police procession honoring the officer who died at the Capitol attack on Friday.
  • USCP officer William Evans died of his injuries after a car rammed into an outside barrier at the Capitol.
  • Flags at the Capitol, White House, and other federal buildings were flown at half-staff to honor the fallen officer.
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The Capitol Police officer who died after a car rammed into a barrier outside the Capitol was honored with a police procession on Friday.

Video footage of the procession shows officers from both the Capitol Police force and Metropolitan Police Department, as well as members of the Secret Service, standing at attention for a motorcade carrying the body of fallen officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the USCP.

Earlier Friday, the Capitol went on lockdown after a vehicle rammed into an outside barricade and injured two officers. Evans later died from his injuries sustained during the incident, and the other officer remains hospitalized but in stable condition.

The suspect was shot dead by one of the officers after the driver exited the car brandishing a weapon.

The USCP identified the fallen officer as Evans in a statement following the attack outside the Capitol.

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” Yogananda Pittman, acting USCP Chief Officer, said in a statement.

“Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years,” Pittman continued in the statement. “He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Flags at the Capitol and the White House were ordered to be flown at half-staff by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden respectively to honor the fallen police officer.

Less than three months ago, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people – including two Capitol Police officers.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss,” Biden said in a statement following the incident. “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”

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2 Capitol police officers who were on duty during the January 6 siege sued Trump for inciting riot

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 6: Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.

  • Two Capitol police officers have sued Trump, accusing him of inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6.
  • Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby claimed they sustained both physical and mental injuries in the riots.
  • The lawsuit from the two Capitol police officers followed two similar suits from Democratic lawmakers.
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Two Capitol police officers sued former President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting the violent insurrection on January 6.

The lawsuit was in relation to injuries they sustained during the riots by the “insurrectionist mob, which that Trump had inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted,” according to court documents obtained by Insider.

The complaint was filed Tuesday by officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, claiming that they were assaulted by protesters who sprayed them with aerosol chemicals like pepper spray, bear spray, and tear gas, which left chemical burns on their skin. They were among other officers who were attacked with “rocks, bottles, fire extinguishers, metal poles,” according to court documents.

Alongside the physical injuries he received during the riots, Blassingame also sustained a “severe emotional toll” in light of the incident, including depression, according to the lawsuit.

“He is haunted by the memory of being attacked, and of the sensory impacts – the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of the attack remain close to the surface,” the lawsuit reads. “He experiences guilt of being unable to help his colleagues who were simultaneously being attacked; and of surviving where other colleagues did not.”

The lawsuit said the January 6 riots took a mental toll on Hemby as well.

“When he got home on the night of January 6, 2021, he was in a heightened emotional state and unable to sleep,” the lawsuit read. “He relived the moments he was under attack. He felt unsafe and each time he drifted off to sleep, he was awakened by the fear that people were trying to break into his home.”

The officers are seeking unspecified monetary damages with the lawsuit, but documents say the “amount in controversy exceeds $75,000, not counting interest and costs.”

The lawsuit from the two Capitol police officers followed two suits from Democratic lawmakers – Rep. Eric Swalwell and Rep. Bennie Thompson – in connection to the Capitol siege.

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