Two Capitol Police officers suspended, several more are under investigation after riot

The Capitol Police response to the riot has come under heavy scrutiny

Two Capitol Police officers have been suspended for their actions during last week's riots inside the U.S. Capitol building and several more are under investigation, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said Monday. 

Another person was also arrested, Ryan told reporters during a virtual news conference, but said he was not sure if that person was a Capitol Police employee or a National Guard soldier who worked for the Capitol Police.

"We do have a couple of Capitol Police we talked about before with taking selfies and another, another Capitol Police [officer] evidently put on a MAGA hat and was walking people, not sure all the details," said Ryan, "They have been suspended. Someone else has been arrested.

In videos that circulated online, a Capitol Police officer appeared to take a selfie with a rioter inside the building. Another appeared to show officers opening gates outside to let people near the building. 


Ryan, who as the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman shares oversight of the Capitol Police with Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith  R-Miss., who chairs the Legislative Branch Subcommittee in the Senate, also was asked if he’s heard about evidence there was an "inside job" on Jan. 6.

"I don't have any direct evidence of, as yet, of any kind of inside job," he responded. 

Ryan did not identify the officers reportedly suspended. In addition, he also said 10 to 15 Capitol Police officers were under investigation but that he did not have specifics.

Calls and messages to the Capitol Police and the Justice Department were not returned. Ryan said he would provide more details at a later time. 

The police response to the attack from supporters of President Trump has come under heavy scrutiny. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., is calling for an inquiry into how rioters pushed through barriers and breached Capitol security.

"My office, if you don't know where it is, you aren't going to find it by accident," he said in an interview with SiriusXM Radio's Joe Madison. "The one place where my name is on the door, that office is right on Statuary Hall. They didn't touch that door. But they went into that other place where I do most of my work. They showed up there, harassing my staff."

He also questioned why some officers were seen taking selfies with rioters.

"Why were they out there waving people on to the grounds? Why were they allowing people through those doors?" he asked. 

Five people died during the chaos, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who was hit with a fire extinguisher during the siege. Dozens of people alleged to have stormed the building have been arrested and face federal charges. 

Outgoing Capitol Police Chief, Steven Sund, said his request to call in the National Guard ahead of the rally for Trump that preceded the riot was denied. He resigned Friday.


Police departments across the country are looking into whether any of their members participated in the melee. 

The FBI is looking into whether members of the New York Fire Department were among the rioters who took part in the attack. The department said it "received anonymous allegations that active or retired members were present at the events at the United States Capitol on January 6."

The New York Police Department is also conducting an inquiry to determine if an officer participated. Two Virginia police officers have been put on leave pending a review into their actions in Washington. 

Two Seattle police officers and another in Texas are also under investigation for possible involvemet in the assault on the Capitol.