One of the Capitol Police officers guarding the building last week as pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the halls of Congress shook hands with two members of the mob and told them, “It’s your house now,” according to the FBI.
Via The Washington Post:
Robert L. Bauer and Edward Hemenway told an FBI agent that after they rushed into the building with the crowd, one Capitol Police officer shook their hands, gave one a partial hug, and told them both that “it’s your house now.”
“Sorry,” Hemenway recalled telling the officer.
“It’s your house now, man,” he said the officer replied.
Bauer told the FBI he “believed that the policeman was acting out of fear,” according to an affidavit filed in federal court in the District.
The Post reported that charging papers do not identify a specific officer, and “a Capitol Police spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment regarding the account in the affidavit.”
Other court documents have described Capitol Police officers’ failed attempts to hold back the crowd. One said he was unable to detain a rioter because there were too many others threatening him. More than 50 D.C. police officers and an unknown number of Capitol Police officers suffered injuries.
But the actions of some Capitol Police officers have come under scrutiny. Several have been suspended and more than a dozen others are under investigation for suspected involvement with or inappropriate support for the protest.
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