36 Capitol police officers under investigation in wake of January siege

Six officers have been suspended without pay, and the department is looking into how some officers may have played a role in the violence.
1:50 | 02/20/21

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Transcript for 36 Capitol police officers under investigation in wake of January siege
There is also news tonight into the investigation of the riots at the capitol. Tonight 35 capitol police officers are under investigation. Six have now been suspended. Here's Rachel Scott tonight. Reporter: Tonight, in the wake of the deadly capitol siege, 35 capitol police officers are under investigation, six suspended with pay. The department not only looking into actions of rioters that day, but the roles some of their own officers may have played as the violence unfolded. It was images like these that sparked outrage. This rioter seen taking a selfie with an officer moments after storming the capitol. And tonight, ABC news learning a growing number of those charged in the riot have now resorted to a new defense, blaming police for letting them enter. Like Christopher Grider, the man seen draped in a yellow flag. His attorney claims he just went through an open door. He was allegedly caught on camera trying to break into the house speaker's lobby. And the justice department announcing that six more people affiliated with the far-right oath keepers militia style group, seen here in this video, have been charged with conspiracy. Videos that day also showed officers outnumbered and overwhelmed, fighting to protect the capitol and the lawmakers inside. The capitol police union releasing a statement calling the investigation sickening. They claim the department is trying to divert the attention away from their significant leadership failures. David, we are told that the acting police chief has made it clear that any officer whose behavior is out of line with their rules of conduct will be disciplined sbp next week, congress will try to get to the bottom of what happened here January 6th, holding public hearings, looking into the security failures during the insurrection. We'll be looking for that next week. Rachel Scott live on the hill tonight, thank you.

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