A US Capitol police car drives past the US Capitol in Washington, USA on January 26, 2021.
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The U.S. Capitol Police have suspended six paid officers and are investigating the behavior of more than two dozen others involved in responding to the deadly Capitol riot, the NBC News division said Friday.
The department’s investigation into the January 6 attack, which resulted in five deaths and triggered a joint session of Congress focusing on safety concerns, “is still under investigation,” spokesman John Stolnis said in a statement.
The USCP’s Personal Responsibility Office “is investigating the actions of 35 police officers as of that day,” six of whom are currently suspended for payment, the statement said.
Yogananda Pittman, who took office as incumbent chief shortly after Steven Sund resigned from the USCP following the Capitol violation, “has ordered that any member of her department whose conduct does not comply with the department’s code of conduct be subjected to appropriate discipline will be. “according to Stolnis.
The investigation’s update comes days after House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Announced that Congress will set up an independent commission to investigate the storming of the Capitol by a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump should.
Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the USCP statement.
Dozens of officials from across the country who took part in the riot or attended Trump’s rally nearby before the mob attacked the Capitol were investigated by their departments, according to an Associated Press poll last month. Some have been charged while others have been on leave, the AP reported.
The security failure that resulted in the Capitol being overrun by Trump’s supporters sparked a massive backlash against the USCP and its leadership. The department’s police union reportedly passed a vote of no confidence in the armed forces’ top leaders, including Pittman, earlier this month.
– CNBC’s Christian Nunley contributed to this report.