Two Capitol police officers sue Trump for ‘physical and emotional injuries’ suffered in riots.
By Andrea Salcedo March 30, 2021 at 9:04 p.m. PDT
Two Capitol police officers who battled the mob of pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 are now suing the former president for the physical end emotional injuries they say they suffered in the attacks.
In the federal suit filed Tuesday in D.C., officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby allege that for months, Trump rallied the insurrectionists with baseless election fraud claims that eventually culminated in the breach of the Capitol that left five dead, including a Capitol police officer. More than one hundred police officers were injured, according to the police union.
“Both United States Capitol Police Officers reported for duty on January 6, 2021, without any suspicion that they would soon become the targets of Trump’s followers,” according to the suit.
The lawsuit is the first brought by Capitol police officers against former president Donald Trump.AD
Blassingame, a 17-year veteran, and Hemby, who has been on the force 11 years, allege that Trump was directly responsible for inciting a mob of his supporters who had gathered at his “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House earlier that morning. Encouraged by Trump’s orders to march to the Capitol, the lawsuit says, the mob followed his directives and later attacked officers and destroyed federal property as lawmakers met to certify Joe Biden as president.
“The insurrectionist mob, which Trump had inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted, forced its way over and past the plaintiffs and their fellow officers, pursuing and attacking them inside and outside the United States Capitol, and causing the injuries complained of herein,” the suit states.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment.
From The Tumalo Lookout:
I fervently wish Officers Blassingame and Hemby success in their pursuit of the sonofabitch. I am absolutely, 100% on their side, and I respect them immensely for this.
Now where the hell is the rest of the profession? Take your heads out of your asses, people. Wake Up.