February 6, 2021 Updated: February 6, 2021, 8:58 am
Evan Vucci / AP
Another Seattle police officer himself reported that they were in the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC during the January 6 rally and subsequent riots, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement released Friday evening. The Seattle Office of Police Accountability (OPA) is currently investigating six officers, four of whom reported themselves and who were at the rally or in DC when the mob stormed the Capitol.
The four officers who reported themselves will remain on duty during the investigation, the statement said. The first two officials associated with the rally, those identified by others, have been put on paid administrative leave. The police did not say when officers reported themselves.
The rally, led by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and spurred on by his false allegations of electoral fraud, reached a boiling point outside the Capitol building as members of Congress confirmed the election for President Joe Biden. In the afternoon, “Stop the Steal” was chanted as Trump supporters stormed the building.
Five died during the events, including a Capitol police officer who died of injuries after being hit with a fire extinguisher. A Trump supporter died after police shot her.
If officers attended the rally, it is not necessarily a reason to quit, a point that the OPA and interim chief Adrian Diaz emphasized. After three officers self-reported in January, OPA Director Andrew Myerberg told the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) during a public meeting that officials would not be fired for attending the rally because they could exercise freedom of expression. Officers would be dismissed if they were involved in the uprising.
Diaz has said that any officer “directly” involved in the uprising will be fired immediately.