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 those supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. 

U.S. Capitol Police Officers James Blassingame Jr., Sidney Hemby, and Marcus Moore were all serving on duty on January 6. All endured hours of threats and violent attacks and suffered severe and significant physical and emotional injuries as a result.

They have brought two separate lawsuits (Blassingame v. Trump and Moore v. Trump) 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 lawsuits assert that Trump’s actions 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, aiding and abetting assault and battery, 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 case page from Patrick Malone & Associates can be found here.

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