Seven U.S. Capitol police sue Trump, say he enflamed fatal violence
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Former President Donald Trump is being sued by seven Capitol Police officers who claim he collaborated with far-right extremist groups to trigger the deadly attack on the Congress on January 6. Police say the incident was the culmination of months of Trump’s rhetoric, who they say was aware of violence’s possibilities and actively encouraged it in hopes of delaying President Joe Biden’s election triumph. The officers’ case was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Donald Trump, according to the lawsuit, was involved in a conspiracy with extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath keepers, as well as far-right political operatives such as Roger Stone and Ali Alexander, who helped promote Trump’s speech near the White House right before the Capitol attack.
“Trump, in concert with other Defendants, deliberately and persistently made and encouraged false claims of election fraud to discredit the outcome of the election and disingenuously incite outrage among his supporters,” the lawsuit alleged.
In a series of legal cases, Trump’s supporters have been suing to hold him accountable for the siege of the Capitol. On the day of the violence, four persons died, one from a police shooting and the other three from natural causes. As a result of the attack, a Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by demonstrators died. As a result of their participation in the Capitol’s defense, four police officers took their own deaths. Many police officers were hurt, including more than 100 An inquiry to Trump’s lawyer, Ron Fischetti, was not immediately returned.
Democratic U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell also sued Trump, who contended that his acts were protected by the First Amendment and that he could not be held accountable under US civil law because he was operating in his official role as president on January 6, 2017. Swalwell’s complaint was dismissed.