A group of seven Capitol police officers who fought rioters on Jan. 6 filed charges against former President Donald Trump, his associates and people involved in the clash there — accusing them of inciting the outrage it sparked by their allegations of electoral fraud.’
The seven officers risked their lives to defend the Capitol against a violent, massive attack – an attack that was provoked, aided and joined by defendants in an illegal attempt to use violence, intimidation and threats to prevent Congress from declaring the results of the 2020 Presidential Election,” said the lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia.
They say Trump and a series of named defendants fueled the chaos through their efforts to reverse the election results, and in the run-up to the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the riots.
The suit also mentions a range of extremist groups, including Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
Seven Capitol police officers have filed charges against former President Donald Trump, his campaign and some of his associates, as well as extremist groups, alleging they caused the Capitol riot that left them with beatings and injuries
“Trump, in concert with other defendants, has deliberately and persistently made and encouraged false claims about electoral fraud in order to discredit the results of the election and unfairly provoke outrage among his supporters,” the lawsuit said, following an impeachment attempt by Mr. the House that resulted in Trump’s acquittal in the divided Senate before he left office.
It follows another lawsuit from lawmakers, including Rep. Eric Swallwell (D-Calif.), who were among those forced to hide in their offices when a mob ransacked the capital.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants “conspired to use violence, intimidation and threats to prevent Joe Biden and Kamala Harris from coming to power, to prevent Congress from counting the electoral votes, and to prevent the police of the United States from taking office.” Capitol would carry out their lawful duties.”
Like Swallwell’s suit, it says she’has violated the Ku Klux Klan law, which was intended to prevent exactly the kind of politically and racially motivated violence they caused and committed on January 6. The Act of 1871 is aimed at attempts to hinder Congress from fulfilling its constitutional duties.
On January 6, lawmakers gathered to count the electoral votes that made Joe Biden president.
Seven Capitol police officers have filed charges against former President Donald Trump and some of his associates, as well as extremist groups
The suit lists Trump, his campaign, Roger Stone and Proud Boys as suspects
The suit also goes after Trump supporters, including longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.
The officers, five of whom were black, say they were beaten, assaulted and beaten with mace and bear spray, as well as other objects. The suite identifies all seven officers, represented by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
It also mentions Trump’s presidential campaign, which raked in more than $200 million after losing to Biden amid ongoing fundraising calls.
The lawsuit says the attack on the Capitol was “caused” by defendants — a claim Trump and other defendants will certainly try to challenge under the First Amendment.
It also lists Oath Keepers as one of the groups it says started the riot
In this January 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of US President Donald Trump, including member of the QAnon conspiracy group Jake Angeli, also known as Yellowstone Wolf (C), enter the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
The suit names Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who was convicted of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that had been demolished from a historic black church but was not at the Jan. 6 rally.
It states that they “conspired with each other and others to prevent Congress from certifying election results through the use of force, intimidation and threats” and that they “propagated false claims of electoral fraud, the use of force, intimidation and threats and incitement.” to violence against members of Congress and law enforcement officers whose job it was to protect them.”
Five of the plaintiffs are black, and the lawsuit alleges that “racism and white supremacy have permeated the defendants’ efforts from the beginning,” with efforts targeting the vote in heavily black areas.
The officers together have 150 years of service. It cites Trump’s numerous claims of a “rigged” election, as well as his comments urging his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6.
The lawsuit comes a day after a select committee investigating the riots sent sweeping document requests to agencies and the National Archives seeking internal Trump White House documents.
Trump denounced the move, claiming it violated “longstanding legal principles of privilege.”
“Administrative justice will be defended not only on behalf of my administration and the patriots who worked alongside me, but also on behalf of the office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation,” Trump said.