Two United States Capitol Police officers have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting the deadly insurrection of January 6 and saying that he was responsible for the physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result.
James Blassingame, a 17-year veteran of the force, and Sidney Hemby, an 11-year veteran, filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking damages from al less $ 75,000 each.
“This is a complaint for damages by agents of the US Capitol Police for physical and emotional injuries caused by the wrongful conduct of the defendant Donald Trump that incited a riot on January 6, 2021, by his followers who were trying to annul the results of the 2020 presidential elections. ” demand said.
Trump has denied responsibility for the riots, which left five dead, including a police officer. His office did not immediately return a call to comment on the lawsuit.
Before the January insurrection occurred, Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight like hell” and march toward the US Capitol building during a rally in Washington on the same day. The former president was indicted, for the second historic time in his presidency, for his incitement to insurrection, but was acquitted by the Senate in a vote of 57 to 43.
The lawsuit cites the former Republican president’s conduct before and after the November presidential election, which Joe Biden won, including comments in speeches, on Twitter and during presidential debates.
He said Trump fueled violence throughout the 2020 presidential campaign and increased his false claim that the election was rigged after the election for Biden was called.
During his 2016 campaign, and throughout his presidency, Trump had threatened violence against his opponents, encouraged his supporters to commit acts of violence, and tolerated acts of violence by his supporters, including white supremacists and hate groups from far right, ”he said.
The lawsuit also cited Trump’s encouragement of his supporters to come to the Capitol on January 6 and the campaign called “Stop The Steal” in the months after the election, including a tweet on December 19: “Great protest in DC January 6. Being there will be wild. “
The lawsuit reads: “Trump’s December 19 tweet about the January 6 rally was taken by many of his supporters as a literal call to arms.”
Both agents suffered physical and emotional injuries during the insurrection, according to the complaint. Hemby suffered neck and back injuries and was doused with chemicals, and remains in physical therapy, according to the complaint. Blassingame also suffered head and back injuries during the attack and has since experienced depression.
“He is tormented by the memory of the attack and the sensory impacts: the images, sounds, smells and even the flavors of the attack remain close to the surface,” the complaint states. “He experiences the guilt of not being able to help his colleagues who were simultaneously being attacked; and to survive where other colleagues did not. “
The lawsuit follows other civil lawsuits filed by a handful of Democrats.
Eric Swalwell, a Democratic congressman and former impeachment manager in Trump’s second trial, sued over Trump’s conduct during the insurrection. Swalwell’s lawsuit also targets the former president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and his son, Donald Trump Jr, as well as extremist groups associated with the riot, alleging violations of anti-terrorism law.
The former president and members of his circle have also been sued by Democrat Bennie Thompson for alleged violations of a post-civil war statute designed against white supremacist violence by the Ku Klux Klan. The lawsuit is backed by the civil rights group NAACP.
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