Thirty-five Capitol Police officers are under investigation, including six who have been suspended with pay, for their actions in the deadly January siege, according to the department.
Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has indicated that any officer whose actions are deemed unacceptable on January 6 will be sanctioned, a department spokesman said in a statement to WTTG on Thursday.
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the actions of 35 police officers that day. We have currently suspended six of those paid officers, ”the statement read.
Some Capitol Police officers were caught on video watching rioters enter the Capitol without taking any action.
In a video posted on YouTube, Capitol Police Lt. Tarik Khalid Johnson can be seen wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat while speaking to various supporters of former President Trump.
Johnson, who has since been suspended from the department, donned the cap to gain the confidence of protesters so they could carry him through the crowd and into the building so he could save his fellow officers, the Wall Street Journal reported.
At one point in the video, 45-year-old Johnson gives his megaphone to one of the protesters and says, “I’ll follow you.”
The Justice Department has charged more than 250 people with storming the Capitol during a fierce attack that left five dead, including veteran Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.
As a result, Trump was indicted a second time for inciting an insurrection on Capitol Hill, but the Senate failed to convict him.