Three more D.C.-area police officers have filed lawsuits — with a single plaintiff on one and two on the other — against ex-President Trump for his role in inciting the violence of January 6. Both lawsuits seek the imposition of financial penalties on Trump, who drove the crowd with his lies that the election had been rigged for Biden and that urgent action was needed. The first case is from Capitol Police officer Marcus Moore, who “described the intense terror of the day as he moved from his post at the Madison Building to the East Side of the Capitol and eventually into the House chamber, helping evacuate lawmakers to safety,” POLITICO notes. The other new case is from D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officers Bobby Tabron and DeDivine Carter.
In all, about a dozen officers appear to have now sued Trump in connection to the Capitol violence. The case from Tabron and Carter notes that they were among the numerous law enforcement personnel — also including Moore — who sustained vicious assaults from the rampaging Trump supporters who descended on the Capitol complex that day. Carter and Moore both indicated, in their respective lawsuits, to have seen firearm-wielding at the Capitol. Moore also heard the gunshot that claimed the life of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, who was attempting to climb through a broken window to an area where she could more closely access members of Congress when she was fired upon. At that point, Moore was “certain he was going to end up in a gun battle,” the lawsuit says.
Tabron, meanwhile, “was fighting for his life and felt certain he would not survive to make it home alive to his wife or see his family again,” that lawsuit says, adding that “[he] wondered when gunfire would erupt and how such a battle, if started, would end.” This harrowing account mirrors the experiences of other police officers who were the victims of raging Trump supporters at the Capitol. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, for instance, shared that, at one point: “I could feel myself losing oxygen and recall thinking to myself, ‘This is how I’m going to die, trampled defending this entrance.'” When Donald Trump and other Republican leaders work themselves into a frenzy trying to defend what happened on January 6, this is what they’re defending: the near-murder of police officers for Trump’s political gain. Read more at this link.
NEW: Three more police officers who repsonded to the Jan. 6 attack — including two who helped lawmakers evacaute from the Capitol — suing Donald Trump today over physical and emotional traumas they suffered.https://t.co/FPSN22LycV
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 4, 2022