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'Several' Capitol police officers suspended over pro-Trump riot

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U.S. President Donald Trump's supporters gather outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.
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"Several" U.S. Capitol Police officers were suspended and at least 10 more are under investigation over the deadly pro-Trump insurrection last week, officials said Monday.

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said the suspensions occurred amid an internal probe. Video and other evidence appear to show that some officers and officials violated department policies, Pittman said.

Pittman did not provide additional about the inquiry or specify how many people had been suspended.

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Earlier Monday, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who chairs one of the committees that oversee the Capitol Police, told reporters that one of the suspended officers appeared to have taken a selfie with members of the mob.

Another officer was suspended after he was seen wearing a Make American Great Again hat and directing people inside the building, Ryan said.

Ryan did not identify the officers. During a Zoom call, Ryan said he believed one officer had been arrested, but a spokesman later clarified that he had misspoken. There have been no arrests, the spokesman said.

Ryan said 10 to 15 more officers were being investigated, although he could not provide details about the extent of those investigations.

"The main point is the Capitol Police are looking at everybody involved that could have potentially facilitated at a big level or a small level," he said.

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced his resignation over the events of Wednesday amid intense scrutiny over the department's response to the mob's assault on the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the assault, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was reported to have been bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher.