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Capitol officers sue Trump over 'physical and emotional injuries' from Jan. 6 attack

   April 1, 2021 2:59 AM
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by Rebecca Shabad

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WASHINGTON — Two Capitol Police officers are suing former President Donald Trump over "physical and emotional injuries" they suffered in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which they say the former president incited.

Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby accuse Trump of directing the assault and aiding and abetting the actions of the rioters.

The officers, who have been on the force for more than a decade, are each seeking at least $75,000 in damages. They are the first officers to sue over the attack.

Trump has not yet responded to the lawsuit. His defenders, including his lawyers at his impeachment trial over the attack, argue that Trump did not incite the crowd at a rally before the assault to then engage in destructive behavior.

Two Capitol police officers sue Trump for injuries in mob riot MARCH 31, 202103:00 In the 40-page complaint filed in D.C. federal court on Tuesday, lawyers for the officers say "the insurrectionist mob, which Trump had inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted, forced its way over and past the plaintiffs and their fellow officers, pursuing and attacking them inside and outside the United States Capitol."

During the assault on the Capitol, one of the rioters screamed in Hemby's face that he was "disrespecting the badge" and that the officers were "not patriots," the lawsuit says.

"Officer Hemby was attacked relentlessly. He was bleeding from a cut located less than an inch from his eye. He had cuts and abrasions on his face and hands and his body was pinned against a large metal door, fending off attacks," the complaint says.

Meanwhile, Blassingame was among eight or nine officers trying to fend off the mob that charged into the Crypt, the area inside the Capitol on the floor below the Rotunda.

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