U.S. Capitol Police Officers File Civil Rights Lawsuit against Trump, Right-Wing Groups over Jan. 6 Riot

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Additionally, the plaintiffs claimed that the defendants’ unlawful efforts resulted in the mass attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. It also led to the brutal, physical
assault of hundreds of law enforcement officers.”

“Many Defendants in this case planned, aided, and actively participated in that attack. All Defendants are responsible for it.” They violated the federal Ku Klux Klan Act, the D.C. Bias-Related Crimes Act, and other laws, according to the plaintiffs.

The Ku Klux Clan Act prohibits conspiracies, use of force, intimidation, and threats to prevent federal officers from doing their duties.

In a statement,  Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said, “As this lawsuit makes clear, the Jan. 6 insurrection was not just an attack on individuals, but an attack on democracy itself.  It was a blatant attempt to stifle the votes and voices of millions of Americans, particularly Black voters.”

The plaintiffs filed the civil rights lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. They are seeking appropriate injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and other relief the court deems necessary and just.