Just a week after Capitol Hill police officers took a vote of no confidence in their department’s leadership, their department’s leadership appears to have thrown their officers under the bus.
At least, it’s hard not to have that impression.
On Thursday night, as the Epoch Times reports, officials announced that at least 35 officers were being investigated and six had been suspended relating to the January 6th riots, which it must be noted law enforcement intelligence and Democratic leadership in Congress (*cough* Speaker Pelosi *cough cough*) had prior warning about and declined additional support.
Swamp politics at its finest, what can we say?
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the actions of 35 police officers from that day. We currently have suspended six of those officers with pay. 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,” the U.S. Capitol Police told local news outlets, as reported by ET.
The officials did not provide further detail into the nature of the investigation, although social media videos that circulated that day have been pointed by some to have indicated the officers stood idly by while the facility was breached.
Two officers had already been suspended in January and in the continued fallout of the Capitol Hill riots, members of the department’s leadership have resigned.
In January, Capitol Hill Police union head Gus Papathanasiou told CBS8 that it was the higher ups who failed their officers.
“Between USCP and our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police Department, we have almost 140 officers injured,” he said.
“I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained brain injuries. One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal disks,” he claimed.
Members overwhelmingly voted “no confidence” in Pittman earlier this week.