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6 Capitol Police officers suspended, 29 others being investigated for alleged roles in riot

Posted February 18, 2021 5:46 p.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2021 10:37 p.m. EST

FILE - A pro-Trump mob invades the Capitol building in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. An ideological jumble of far-right extremists and hate groups flourished under President Donald Trump and claimed new energy after the attack on the Capitol. Now they are debating their next moves. (Jason Andrew/The New York Times)

— Six US Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay, and 29 others have been placed under investigation, for their actions in the January 6 riot, a department spokesman said Thursday.

"The investigation into the January 6 attack remains under investigation," department spokesman John Stolnis told CNN. "Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has directed that any member of her department whose behavior is not in keeping with the Department's Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline."

CNN reported in January that the USCP had placed at least 10 officers under investigation, and two others had been suspended.

One of the suspended officers took a selfie with someone who was part of the mob that overtook the Capitol, according to Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio. Another wore a "Make America Great Again" hat and started directing people around the building, Ryan said.

Last month, Pittman said the department "has been actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies."

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