Two Capitol Police Officers Filed Lawsuit Against Trump For Injuries Resulting From January 6 Insurrection
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Two U.S. Capitol Police officers, James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, have filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, saying he incited the deadly January 6 insurrection and was responsible for physical and emotional injuries the officers suffered as a result. The January 6 insurrection resulted in the death of five people. Officer Blassingame was one of eight or nine officers who attempted to protect the Crypt as the mob filled the area, according to the lawsuit. As Officer Hemby sought to protect the Capital, he was sprayed in the face and body with chemical irritants that burned his skin. The lawsuit also said Hemby was “crushed against the doors on the east side trying to hold the insurrectionists back. Over and over, he tried to tell the insurrectionists that the doors opened outward and that pressing him into the door would do no good.” Both Blassingame and Hemby continue to deal with the emotional fallout of the attack. These officers’ attorneys argued that Trump’s repeated false claims over several months that the 2020 presidential election could be stolen or was eventually “rigged” motivated the eventual insurrectionists. The lawsuit indicates that Trump is liable for the injuries the plaintiffs and other Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers sustained that day. These two officers are seeking unspecified monetary damages with the lawsuit, “amount in controversy exceeds $75,000, not counting interest and costs.”
Plaintiffs’ supporting court documents include pictures of Trump’s Twitter posts and statements Trump made during the 2020 election campaign questioning the integrity of the U.S. election system.
In the video published on April 1, 2021, “Two Capitol Police officers sue Trump over Jan. 6 riots“, below:
New York Times congressional reporter Luke Broadwater, former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal, and former assistant secretary for threat prevention and security policy at DHS Elizabeth Neumann discuss the lawsuit brought by two Capitol Police officers, who were mauled and beaten on January 6th, seeking to hold Donald Trump accountable for the riot, in the video published on March 31, 2021, “A New Lawsuit Holds Trump Directly Responsible For The Capitol Hill Riot, Deadline, MSNBC“, below:
In the video published on March 31, 2021, “Two Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump For Injuries In Mob Riot, NBC News NOW“, below:
Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner said that former President Trump “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullsh*t he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November” in his new book, On the House, a Washington Memoir, according to the New York Times. Reportedly, John Boehner further added, “Some of the people involved did not surprise me in the least. The legislative terrorism that I’d witnessed as speaker had now encouraged actual terrorism.” In the video published on April 7, 2021, “Boehner levels stunning charge against Trump“, below:
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