Kentucky state soldier reassigned after attending the Trump rally that turned into a deadly attack on the United States Capitol with his family
- A Kentucky state soldier was reassigned after attending the Jan.6 pro-Trump rally that turned into a deadly riot on the United States Capitol.
- The soldier attended the rally with his family but left before the riot began, a spokesperson said.
- He is one of several law enforcement officers under surveillance for their involvement in Wednesday’s events.
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A Kentucky state soldier was reassigned after attending the Jan.6 pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC, which turned into a deadly insurgency on the United States Capitol.
The soldier attended the rally with his family and left before the riots and attack on the Capitol began, a Kentucky State Police spokesperson told the Kentucky Herald-Leader. The spokesperson did not disclose the soldier’s name and said he had been “temporarily reassigned” while police reviewed his conduct.
The riot began following a “Stop the Steal” rally, where President Donald Trump called on his supporters to fight for him and said Congress should not certify the electoral college votes in favor. President-elect Joe Biden, who won the 2020 presidential election. Trump continued to deny the reality of his loss, for months calling the election “rigged”, though he admitted after the riot that a new administration would begin on January 20.
Wednesday’s attack killed five people, including a member of the United States Capitol Police.
“The horrific acts that took place last week on sacred national grounds are completely unacceptable,” Kentucky State Police Acting Commissioner Philip Burnett Jr. said in a statement. “KSP looks at employee participation. It is the right thing to do to protect our nation, democracy, the agency and all KSP employees. our agency.”
The soldier is among several law enforcement officials allegedly involved in Wednesday’s events. A deputy sheriff from Franklin County, Ky., Was also reassigned after attending the rally. The New York Police Department said one of its members had a role and was under internal investigation.
The California, Texas and Washington State Police Departments are also among those investigating whether its members were involved in the events.
Rep. Tim Ryan said on Monday that there were between 10 and 15 ongoing investigations of Capitol Hill police officers into their conduct during the insurgency. Two have already been suspended, he said: one who took a selfie with an insurgent in a video that went viral during the event and another who made a “visit” to people who entered illegally. building. Ryan also said a third individual, who could have been a member of the Capitol Police or the National Guard, was arrested.
The US Department of Justice said on Tuesday that there were at least 160 federal investigations underway into those who participated in the riots, and more are planned.
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