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6 Capitol Police Officers To Be Disciplined For Actions At Capitol Riot

Washington, DC – The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) announced on Saturday that it had completed its investigations of complaints against its officers on Jan. 6 and found cause to discipline six of them.

A press release issued by the department on Sept. 11 said that the Capitol Police had concluded 37 of 38 investigations.

Investigators were able to identify 26 of the officers that received complaints but some of the complaints did not include detailed enough information for the subject of the complaint to be identified.

The USCP Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) forwarded its findings to the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the press release.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not find sufficient evidence to charge any of the officers with a crime related to their actions on Jan. 6.

Of the 26 cases where officers were identified, no wrongdoing was found in 20 instances, according to the press release.

However, the department found it necessary to recommend discipline for six officers in connection with their actions during the Capitol riot.

OPR recommended discipline for three officers charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, according to the press release.

USCP said one officer was found to have failed to comply with a directive from a superior and another made improper remarks during the riot.

Another officer was found to have engaged in improper dissemination of information, the press release said.

One case is still pending against an officer who has been accused of conduct unbecoming and unsatisfactory performance, but no criminal charges will be filed against them either.

The police department did not release the names of the officers who received complaints, nor have they identified which officers were the subject of departmental discipline, citing privacy rules surrounding personnel matters.

“The Department is committed to accountability when officers fail to meet the standards governed by USCP policies and the Congressional Community’s expectations,” USCP said in the press release. “The six sustained cases should not diminish the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police officers.”

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) tapped to head up the security review of Jan. 6, accused Capitol Police of having been “complicit” in the attack on the Capitol in the days after the riot.

“I think once this all gets uncovered, it was complicit actions by Capitol Police,” Honoré predicted to MSNBC.

He said officials needed to investigate whether former USCP Chief Steven Sund “was … complicit along with the sergeant at arms in the House and the Senate.”

Former Chief Sund, former U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Michael Stenger, and former U.S. House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving, all resigned in disgrace after the riot.

“It gives appearance of complicity,” Honoré told MSNBC.

The general said Chief Sund and the sergeants-at-arms of the House and Senate may have “complied because he might have thought 45 was coming to the Capitol and he gave way to the protesters,” meaning security officials might have thought President Donald Trump was coming to the Capitol.

Honoré said he had “just never seen such incompetence, so they’re either that stupid or ignorant or complicit.”

“I think they were complicit,” he added.

The timing of the release of the information about the investigations into USCP officers was notable because prosecutors have recently begun sharing those investigative reports with many of more than 600 defendants who are facing charges in connection with the Capitol riot, Politico reported.

A number of those arrested have claimed that Capitol Police gave them permission to enter the Capitol building.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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