President Trump is being sued by two Capitol police officers who were on duty the day of the riots. Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby filed the suit in federal courts, saying they suffered from “physical and emotional injuries” following the attack.
“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, and causing the injuries,” they said in the suit.
They are each seeking compensatory damages of at least $75,000 and an undisclosed amount in punitive damages from Trump, reports the Washington Post.
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“Officer Hemby was attacked relentlessly,” the suit states. “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 mob, which yelled “fight for Trump” and “stop the steal,” struck him with their fists and whatever they had at hand, Hemby said. They also threw objects at him and sprayed him with chemicals that irritated his eyes, skin and throat.
Eventually, the mob managed to break into the Capitol through the east doors, but Hemby stayed put at the top of the steps and stood his ground, the suit states.
Former President Trump’s attorneys and spokespersons have not released any statements in regards to the lawsuit.