According to the Seattle Police Department’s Civilian Police Department, a sixth SPD official is under investigation for being in Washington, DC, on January 6, the day a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to seek confirmation Stop the election of President Joe Biden.
Andrew Myerberg, director of the OPA, said four of the six officers reported themselves to be in DC on Jan. 6 and they will remain on duty pending the investigation. The other two officers are on paid vacation during the investigation after the department learned through photos on social media that they were in DC that day.
At least five people died, including a Capitol police officer, during the failed uprising fueled by a call by President Donald Trump to “stop the theft”. The slogan described the unsubstantiated claim that he won the November election, not Biden.
Seattle police said it was not against policy for officials to attend a political event in their free time in uniform. The investigation is set to determine whether any of the officers who were involved in illegal activities or otherwise violated the department’s guidelines, according to a post on Friday night on the Seattle Police Department’s erasure slip.
After the first two officers were on leave and investigated, interim chief Adrian Diaz said that any officer who was in the Capitol on January 6 must report their actions or face a dismissal. Diaz has announced that all officers directly involved in the uprising will be fired.