Seven United States Capitol Police officers are suing former President Donald Trump, his allies, and members of far-right extremist groups over the Jan. 6 riot.
The 71-paged lawsuit, filed on Aug. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, accuses Trump and other defendants of intentionally sending a violent mob to prevent the certification of the November 2020 elections, in which Trump lost to President Joe Biden.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants spread false election fraud claims, encouraged the use of force and threats, and incited violence against lawmakers and law enforcement officers.
“Because of Defendants’ unlawful actions, Plaintiffs were violently assaulted, spat on, tear-gassed, bear-sprayed, subjected to racial slurs and epithets, and put in fear for their lives. Plaintiffs’ injuries, which Defendants caused, persist to this day,” the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit names Trump, his 2020 presidential campaign, his ally Roger Stone, and alleged members of far-right extremist groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who were involved in the Capitol riot.
“The lies of this conspiracy intentionally energized white supremacists and violent extremist groups and actively encouraged them to coordinate the violent attack on the Capitol. These actions put our clients in harm’s way to defend the votes and voices the conspiracy was intended to silence,” Damon Hewitt, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law that filed the lawsuit in behalf of the officers, said in a statement.
The lawsuit comes as the latest in a series of legal actions against Trump to hold him accountable for the Capitol riot that killed at least five people and injured over 140 officers.
Earlier this year, two Capitol officers and Democratic lawmakers filed separate lawsuits against Trump over the Capitol riot.
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