Almost one week after the pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., two Capitol police offers have been suspended for their disrespectful behavior.
Representative Tim Ryan announced on Monday, January 11, that two on-duty cops have been temporarily relieved of duty for the response. One of the cops was reportedly wearing a MAGA hat and directed rioters to the Capitol, while the other was seen taking selfies.
.@RepTimRyan said at least two Capitol Police officers have been suspended for actions during Wednesday's Capitol attack.— Taylor Popielarz (@TaylorPopielarz) January 11, 2021
One officer had taken selfies with some rioters; another put a #MAGA hat on and started directing rioters.
“The Capitol Police are looking at everybody..."
The cop who took the selfies has been heavily criticized on social media after a video of the gesture went viral.
Reporter Timothy Burke posted a clip of the bizarre moment when a cop posed with the protestor and then nodded to one another once the picture was taken. "Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists," he captioned the clip.
"That's one way to get fired," one user wrote. "A selfie is the least of our problems. what we need to know is who deliberately ordered a small police presence and if it was tied to Trump trying to control the image," another user replied to Ryan.
At a press conference, Ryan said that the Capitol Police have their eyes on everyone, including those in their own ranks.
Ryan also said "there's going to be additional [federal] money that [Congress will] provide" to ensure Inauguration Day is safe.
"There will be a good deal of security in addition to Capitol Police … Secret Service … Park Police," he said. "We will make sure Washington, DC is secure."
According to Ryan, the riots at the Capitol are going to have a "ripple effect," as National Guard resources are being brought to Washington, D.C., which takes away from COVID-19 vaccine distribution and "is going to have a national impact."
The FBI is investigating whether or not the riots were an inside job.
Meanwhile, two cops have died since the riots on Wednesday, January 6.
Off-duty United States Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood responded to the riots and then took his own life on Saturday, January 9, at 51 years old, while Officer Brian Sicknick died on Friday, January 8, from injuries he sustained during the riots.
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned after the riots.
Four civilians also died in the riots. Ashli Babbit was shot dead on the scene, while the remaining three were caused by medical emergencies. Rosanne Boyland suffered from an undisclosed medical emergency, Kevin Greeson had a heart attack and Benjamin Phillips had a stroke.
President Donald Trump's response to the riots got him banned from Twitter and other social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
"I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now," he said in a since-deleted video and told his supports that he "loves" them and that they’re "special."
Trump later backtracked and said that the rioters "do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay." Trump has since been banned from Twitter for good.