Seven Capitol cops sue Trump and ultra-right groups

Seven Capitol cops sue Trump and ultra-right groups

B Thursday, seven U.S. Capitol police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, Trump ally Roger Stone, and members of right-wing extremist groups over their role in the January 6 Capitol riots.

The civil lawsuit alleges that Trump, acting together with groups such as The Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, engaged in acts of domestic terrorism aimed at illegally keeping him in power despite his defeat in the 2020 elections.

Plaintiffs, five of whom are blacks say the efforts were prompted by defendants promoting conspiracy theories based on white supremacy and the lie that the elections were rigged.

“As is clear from this lawsuit, the January 6 uprising was not just an attack on individuals, but an attack on democracy itself, ”stressed Damon Hewitt, President Dent of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which represents the officers.

“This was a blatant attempt to suppress the votes of millions of Americans, especially black voters.”

Complaint filed with federal court in Washington DC follows several similar lawsuits in recent months, but it is the first to accuse Trump of conspiring with far-right groups to use «force, intimidation and threats» to prevent Congress from ratifying Joe Biden's victory.