Ensuring Accountability in Court for the January 6th Insurrection
On January 6, 2021, a violent mob staged one of the most significant insurrections against the United States since the Civil War. Donald J. Trump and his allies rallied this mob of thousands of his supporters behind the repeatedly debunked lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and summoned them to Washington, D.C. on January 6. He then incited and encouraged those supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Trump and his allies sought nothing less than what followed: to violently prevent—for the first time in United States history—a peaceful transfer of power, the very hallmark of a stable democracy.
U.S. Capitol Police Officers James Blassingame Jr. and Sidney Hemby were both serving on duty on January 6th. Both endured hours of threats and violent attacks and suffered severe and significant physical and emotional injuries as a result.
Officers Blassingame and Hemby now bring this lawsuit to hold Donald Trump accountable for his central role in the insurrection and the resulting attack on the law enforcement officers defending the peaceful transition of power. The lawsuit asserts that Donald J. Trump violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871—which prohibits mob violence aimed at obstructing the operations of the federal government—as well as District of Columbia laws banning, among other things, assault and battery, the intentional infliction of emotional distress, inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, and civil conspiracy.
The police officers are represented by the Washington D.C. law firm of Patrick Malone & Associates and attorneys from Protect Democracy.
The latest version of the complaint can be found here.
The case page from Patrick Malone & Associates can be found here.
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