Suspected rioters placed on administrative leave pending an investigation
Police departments in Virginia and Washington state have placed officers on administrative leave while authorities investigate whether they participated in illegal actions in the U.S. capital on their own time.
The Florida and New York fire departments also told federal authorities that some of their officers may have been on-site when the mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The police department in the small town of Rocky Mount, Virginia, said two officers were placed on leave when it was discovered that they had attended an off-duty “event” in Washington that day.
“The City of Rocky Mount fully supports the use of free speech and assembly in any lawful form by its officers, but cannot condone the illegal actions that occurred that day,” the department said, noting that it has notified federal authorities.
The Seattle Police Department said it has also placed two officers on administrative leave while it investigates the possible role they may have played in the chaos that unfolded across the country.
“If the department’s officers were directly involved in the Capitol uprising, I will fire them immediately,” interim department head Adrian Diaz said.
The New York City Fire Department said it turned over information to the FBI after receiving “anonymous allegations” that some of its officers, current or former, were on the scene during the riots in the nation’s capital.
The Sanford Fire Department in Florida said one firefighter has been placed on administrative leave and is under investigation after photos and video surfaced of him allegedly being among the crowd.
On Saturday, a top Democratic lawmaker said the Capitol was a crime scene and called on cell phone carriers and social media to preserve all data related to the riots.