Six U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers have been suspended with pay and 29 others remain under investigation for their roles during the Capitol riots on January 6.
“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,” Capitol Police spokesman John Stolnis said in a recent statement.
According to police officials, thirty-five Capitol police officers are currently under investigation by the USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility with six of them under suspension with pay for their actions during the Capitol riots. Last month, only 10 officers were reportedly under investigation with two others suspended.
Rep. Tim Ryan, Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee which oversees the Capitol police, told reporters that one of the suspended cops took a selfie with members of the mob. Ryan also noted that another officer had been suspended for wearing a MAGA hat and appearing to direct people inside the Capitol after they had stormed the building.
At least three police officers from other departments face criminal charges for participating off-duty in the Capitol riots on January 6. Seven other cops from across the nation are also under investigation for allegedly storming the Capitol with the violent mob.
Rocky Mount Police Sergeant Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker from Virginia were charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct last month. Houston Police Officer Tam Dinh Pham from Texas faces similar federal charges.