U.S. Capitol police officers sue former President Donald Trump for inciting Capitol riot

Police officers in riot gear move protesters who are gathering at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON – Two Capitol Police officers, repeatedly assaulted during the deadly Capitol siege, have sued former President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly riots that left five dead and injured more than 100 officers.

James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby are seeking damages in excess of $75,000, each, accusing the former president of gathering and unleashing a mob that ultimately breached the Capitol after violent clashes with officers.

“Trump’s words and conduct leading up to and on January 6, 2021… demonstrated a willful and wanton disregard for and a reckless indifference to James Blassingame’s and Sidney Hemby’s safety and that of their fellow officers,” the officers claimed.

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