Capitol Police officer who was beaten while defending House of Representatives on January 6 sues Trump under the Klan Act

Washington, DC—Today Patrick Malone & Associates and co-counsel Protect Democracy filed a lawsuit in federal court in the District of Columbia on behalf of plaintiff Marcus Moore, a 10-year veteran of the Capitol Police force who is suing former President Donald J. Trump under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 for Trump’s central role in inciting the January 6 insurrection and the resulting attack on the law enforcement officers defending the peaceful transition of power. 

“We are not going to die like this!” Officer Marcus Moore remembers saying to his fellow Capitol Police officers as rioters pinned him against a wall, punched him repeatedly, sprayed bear spray in his face, called him racial slurs, and threatened to take his weapon from him and kill him with it. 

The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 prohibits mob violence aimed at obstructing the operations of the federal government. The lawsuit asserts that Trump also violated laws banning, among other things, inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, civil conspiracy, and aiding and abetting assault and battery.

“Our client suffered physical and psychological wounds as the result of insurrectionists incited by the former president to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power,” said Patrick Malone whose Washington, DC, law firm is representing Officer Moore. 

See the full complaint here. Moore v. Trump is at least the fourth lawsuit filed against former President Trump by people who were physically present in the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 insurrection. Oral arguments for the complaints filed in federal court by Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02), and Capitol Police Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby are scheduled to be heard on Monday, January 10.