Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump For Physical, Emotional Injuries Suffered In Riot

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  2 weeks ago  •  5 comments

By:   Nina Golgowski, HuffPost

Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump For Physical, Emotional Injuries Suffered In Riot

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Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump For Physical, Emotional Injuries Suffered In Riot













· Breaking News Reporter, HuffPost

Wed, March 31, 2021, 11:07 AM










Two U.S. Capitol Police officers have filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump  that blames him for physical and emotional injuries they sustained during the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.


“Trump, by his words and conduct, directed the mob that stormed the Capitol and assaulted and battered James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby,” states the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

Both officers, Maryland residents, seek more than $75,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages for emotional and physical injuries.



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Trump supporters occupy the West Front of the Capitol and the inauguration stands during the Jan. 6 insurrection. (Photo: Bill Clark via Getty Images)

The suit says these injuries include being sprayed with chemical irritants and being physically crushed and punched by a mob of Trump supporters. Hemby, an 11-year Capitol police veteran, says his head and back injuries require physical therapy and specialized orthopedic care. Both men also cite lasting emotional trauma, including from the deaths of fellow officers ― one who died soon after the assault and two by suicide.

Blassingame, a 17-year veteran, says he was subjected to racist attacks by members of the mob.

“For the first time in his life, people were yelling into his face, calling him a ‘nigger’ repeatedly and throughout the attack in the Crypt,” the lawsuit says. “He lost count of the many times the racial slur was hurled at him.”

The lawsuit lays the blame on Trump by outlining the then-president’s efforts to deny and overturn Joe Biden’s election victory. Trump repeatedly told his supporters on Twitter and elsewhere that ballots had been tossed out and fraudulently cast for his opponent, though there was no evidence of widespread election fraud.



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Police try to hold back protesters attempting to halt a joint session of the 117th Congress in Washington on Jan. 6. (Photo: Kent Nishimura via Getty Images)

Trump convinced his followers that he was about to be forced out of the White House because of this fraud “and that the convening of Congress on January 6 to count the Electoral College results and declare the winner was their last chance to ‘stop the steal,’” the complaint states.

The suit highlights Trump’s speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 prior to the riot that claimed the election had been “rigged” and “stolen.”

“If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Trump told his supporters.

Trump has denied responsibility for the attack. His attorneys argued during his impeachment trial that Trump’s Jan. 6 speech is protected by the First Amendment.

A Trump representative did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment Wednesday.

Trump’s role in the riot   also is subject of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney in Washington.



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National Guard members are seen standing before the U.S. Capitol on February 8 as Trump faced a single article of impeachment that accused him of incitement of insurrection. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis via Getty Images)








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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

That big fat ugly racist turd will be facing lawsuits/court for the rest of his life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @1    2 weeks ago

poor citizen trump. cash settlements only please.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago
 Blassingame, a 17-year veteran, says he was subjected to racist attacks by members of the mob. “For the first time in his life, people were yelling into his face, calling him a ‘nigger’ repeatedly and throughout the attack in the Crypt,” the lawsuit says. “He lost count of the many times the racial slur was hurled at him.”

A cop.

This is a cop that was treated like this.

The next time somebody tells me that the GOP is the party of law and order I'm going to puke on his shoes

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3  Greg Jones    2 weeks ago

Trump’s Jan. 6 speech is protected by the First Amendment.

Nothing he said called for the mostly peaceful crowd to riot.

This was a planned event by a small number of right wing extremists....many of the participants simply got caught up in the moment.

The FBI and other law enforcement were aware of the plan, but did nothing.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @3    2 weeks ago

Isn't this what you called a 'one off riot'?

What the fuck is a 'one off riot'?

 
 
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