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US Capitol riots: 139 cops assaulted and 38 check optimistic for COVID


Nearly 140 police officers were assaulted when a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to stop Congress certifying the results of the 2020 election, officials have revealed.

In a court filing Monday, the US Department of Justice said that 81 officers from the Capitol Police and 58 members of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department were assaulted during the insurrection – a total of 139.

This is the first time officials have offered an exact count of the number of law enforcement injured in the attack.

The filing comes as it was revealed Sunday that at least 38 Capitol cops have also tested positive for COVID-19 in the nearly three weeks since, though it is unclear how many of them were on duty during the assault. 

In total, five people were killed in the riots including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and later died from his injuries. A suspect has not yet been identified in his death. 

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Nearly 140 police officers were injured when the violent pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol on January 6

In a court filing Monday, the US Department of Justice said that 81 officers from the US Capitol Police and 58 members of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department were assaulted during the insurrection (pictured: a police officer has eyes flushed with water after a confrontation with rioters)

In a court filing Monday, the US Department of Justice said that 81 officers from the US Capitol Police and 58 members of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department were assaulted during the insurrection (pictured: a police officer has eyes flushed with water after a confrontation with rioters)

The Department of Justice’s filing was first reported by NBC 4’s Scott MacFarlane on Twitter.

In total five people were killed in the riots, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and later died from his injuries

In total five people were killed in the riots, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and later died from his injuries

MacFarlane shared an excerpt from the legal document, which read: ‘In the course of the insurrection, approximately 81 Capitol Police and 58 MPD officers were assaulted, including one Capitol Police officer who died.’

Prosecutors go further in the latest filing than in previous ones, broadly condemning the actions of rioters and calling the storming of Congress an ‘insurrection’ 10 times across the 20-page document.

‘Every person who was present without authority in the Capitol on Jan. 6 contributed to the chaos of that day and the danger posed to law enforcement, the Vice President, Members of Congress, and the peaceful transfer of power,’ prosecutors wrote.

They continued: ‘Make no mistake: the fear the defendant helped spread on January 6 persists — the imprint on this country’s history of a militia clad insurrectionist standing over an occupied Senate chamber is indelible.’

Disturbing footage from the riots has shown dozens of officers being crushed by crowds, dragged down steps, and struck with projectiles as the MAGA mob overwhelmed law enforcement to breach the legislature nearly three weeks ago.

One officer, Daniel Hodges, was filmed screaming for help as he was being crushed against a metal door frame, with blood pouring from his mouth. He has since recovered and returned to duty.

More than 150 of the thousands-strong crowd have since been arrested, with more suspects still being sought by federal authorities.

At least 31 officers in law enforcement agencies across 12 states are also currently being investigated over their suspect role in the riots. 

One officer, Daniel Hodges, was filmed screaming for help as he was being crushed against a metal door frame, with blood seen pouring from his mouth. He has since recovered and returned to duty

One officer, Daniel Hodges, was filmed screaming for help as he was being crushed against a metal door frame, with blood seen pouring from his mouth. He has since recovered and returned to duty 

An officer in the above image was seen being dragged down steps outside the Capitol before being beaten by a mob of Trump supporters

An officer in the above image was seen being dragged down steps outside the Capitol before being beaten by a mob of Trump supporters

More than 150 of the thousands-strong crowd have since been arrested, with more suspects still being sought by federal authorities

More than 150 of the thousands-strong crowd have since been arrested, with more suspects still being sought by federal authorities

Investigators are seeking to establish whether officers only attended the rally where Trump spoke, or whether they were involved in the subsequent violence at the Capitol.

According to the Associated Press, officers from Los Angeles, a small community in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma are among those under investigation.

Most of the officers have not been publicly identified; only a few have been charged. Some were identified by online sleuths. Others were reported by their colleagues or turned themselves in.

Among them are an Oklahoma sheriff and New Hampshire police chief who have acknowledged being at the rally, but denied entering the Capitol or breaking the law.

Sgt. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker, of Rocky Mount, Virginia, face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot.

According to court records, Robertson wrote on social media that the ‘Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem … The right IN ONE DAY took the f***ing US Capitol. Keep poking us.’

On the other side of the country, five Seattle officers are under investigation by the city’s Office of Police Accountability.

Two officers posted photos of themselves on social media while in the district and officials are investigating to determine where they were and what they were doing. Three others told supervisors that they went to Washington for the events and are being investigated for what they did while there.

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said his department supports officers’ freedom of speech and that those who were in the nation’s capital will be fired if they ‘were directly involved in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.’

Thomas Robertson

Sgt. Thomas Robertson (right) and Officer Jacob Fracker (left), of Rocky Mount, Virginia, face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. 

At least 31 officers in law enforcement agencies across 12 states are also currently being investigated over their suspect role in the riots

At least 31 officers in law enforcement agencies across 12 states are also currently being investigated over their suspect role in the riots

A report released by CNN on Sunday revealed that 38 officers from the Capitol Police Department have since tested positive for COVID-19 since January 6.

While it’s unclear how many of those officer were on duty during the attack, or when they specifically contracted the virus, health officials previously voiced concerns over the mass of largely unmasked people, shouting at and pushing up against officers.

‘I do think you have to anticipate that this is another surge event. You had largely unmasked individuals in a non-distanced fashion, who were all through the Capitol,’ former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield said.

Several lawmakers have also tested positive since the attack, with some Democrats claiming to have contracted COVID after sheltering in place with GOP members of Congress who refused to wear masks.

‘Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I decided to take a Covid test. I have tested positive,’ New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman tweeted on January 11.

In an addition statement from her office, a spokesperson said Coleman ‘believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the US Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots. As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear masks.’

A report released by CNN on Sunday revealed that 38 officers from the Capitol Police Department have since tested positive for COVID-19 since January 6

A report released by CNN on Sunday revealed that 38 officers from the Capitol Police Department have since tested positive for COVID-19 since January 6

Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal for his heroics during the insurrection. Goodman was captured on video single-handedly leading a group of rioters away from the Senate chamber, buying time for senators to evacuate with minutes to spare.

Goodman seen at the Inauguration

Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman is being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his heroics during the insurrection. Goodman was captured on video (left) single-handedly leading a group of rioters away from the Senate chamber, buying time for senators to evacuate with minutes to spare

Also Monday, 35 senators from across the partisan divide introduced a bill to honor Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal for his heroics during the insurrection.

Goodman was captured on video single-handedly leading a group of rioters away from the Senate chamber, buying time for lawmakers to evacuate moments after the Capitol was breached.

The Officer Eugene Goodman Congressional Gold Medal Act describes how the officer’s quick thinking ‘left an indelible mark on American history.

The bill was originally introduced by senators Thom Tillis, Chris Van Hollen, Chris Coons, Sherrod Brown, and Ben Cardin.

‘Officer Eugue Goodman’s selfless and quick-thinking actions doubtlessly saved lives and bought security personnel precious time to secure and ultimately evacuate the Senate before the armed mob breached the chamber,’ the act reads.

‘By putting his own life on the line and successfully, single-handedly leading insurrectionists away from the floor of the Senate Chamber, Officer Eugene Goodman performed his duty to protect Congress with distinction, and by his actions, Officer Goodman left an indelible mark on American history.’



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