Two US Congressional police officers filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against former President Donald Trump, whom they accused of inciting the violent Jan.6 attack on the institution. They are asking for US $ 75,000 (R $ 424,000) in damages each.
Five people have died and dozens of officers have been injured after a crowd of Trump supporters forced their way into Congress headquarters in an attempt to prevent the session that would make Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election. The session was suspended, but resumed and ended on the same day.
The invasion came just minutes after the President himself, at a rally in Washington, pumped up activists to go to the seat of the Legislative Assembly.
The two police officers who filed the complaint, James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, say they suffered physical and psychological injuries in the clashes they say were instigated by Trump. The Republican was in his final days in the White House and refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory.
The insurgents were spurred on by Trump’s behavior, which over the course of several months led his supporters to believe his false claim that he was about to be forcibly removed from the White House due to a major electoral fraud, ”they say in the process, presented to a federal court in Washington. “The mob of insurgents, which Trump inflamed, encouraged, stimulated, directed, instigated, broke in and passed over the plaintiffs and their colleagues, chasing and attacking them.”
Blassingame, a 17-year-old black police officer on Capitol Hill, says he sustained head and back injuries and suffered psychological damage after the attack. He also claims to have been the target of racist attacks from supporters of the former president. Hemby, who worked for 11 years at Congress headquarters, suffered injuries to his hands and knees after being pressed against the doors of the Capitol. He was also affected by chemicals on his face and body.
After the attack, Trump was the target of a second impeachment process, which accused him of inciting the invasion – he was acquitted by the Senate. His acquittal of the indictment, a political process, however, does not preclude criminal prosecution that holds him responsible for the invasion.
On the day of the attack, the Capitol saw scenes of chaos. Journalists were locked in a basement and people dressed as Vikings clashed with assistants. Protesters carried symbols of far-right movements and American flags, as well as banners from Trump’s presidential campaign.
The protesters had participated in an act in Washington in favor of Trump and, as soon as the protest was over, they went to Congress to try to pressure MPs and Senators not to confirm the Democrat’s victory. .
“We are going to march to Capitol Hill. And we are going to applaud our brave Senators, Members of Parliament and Members of Parliament,” Trump said. “I know everyone here will be walking to Capitol Hill soon so their voices can be heard in a peaceful and patriotic way,” he added. After the showdown began, Trump issued messages asking the protesters to be peaceful. Later that day, he recorded a short video, in which he said “come home, we love you, you are very special”.