According to the Seattle Police Department, three other police officers themselves reported being in Washington, DC, during the Trump-inspired uprising at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
That’s five Seattle officials in total under investigation for their trip to Washington DC when a bunch of right-wing rioters stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from accepting Joe Biden’s election. Five people died, including a Capitol police officer.
Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz was suspended last week for payment from two other officials who were in Washington, DC, to attend then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally, attended by thousands who believed Trump’s false claim that he won the election. Diaz said he would fire any officer involved in the mess.
Diaz said Wednesday the other three additional officers have since reported to their superiors themselves and are on duty at the time.
Andrew Myerberg, director of the Office of Police Accountability, said last week that the police had been notified and that any other officers who might have attended the rally would be expected to report their involvement themselves.
Myerberg first reported to the Seattle Community Police Commission on Wednesday that two other officers had reported themselves. Diaz updated that number to three in a post on the police department’s social media page a few hours later.
“I made it very clear in taking this position that any violation of the trust of the community or any act that jeopardizes our ability to serve this city will be treated with full accountability,” Diaz said in a statement.
“We cannot violate the same laws that we have sworn to protect,” said the boss. “We cannot allow violent or intimidating direct action to become acceptable in our society.”