The Seattle Authorities Department (SPD) has said an examination is underway into the alleged involvement of two of its officers in Wednesday’s demonstrations in Washington D.C.
The department said that if any of its officers are found to have actually been involved in later “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol, they would be fired straight away.
It is thought to be the first report of law enforcement officials from outside of D.C. being included in the earlier rally, according to ABC News.
Seattle police chief Adrian Diaz stated that his department supported expressions of freedom of speech as enshrined by the First Change of the Constitution.
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In a declaration, Diaz stated that the Office of Authorities Responsibility (OPA) was carrying out an investigation to see if any Seattle Police Department policies were violated and if there needed to be a further probe into illegal activities which would be referred for criminal investigation.
” If any SPD officers were directly associated with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, I will instantly terminate them,” Diaz said in the declaration, adding that the officers had actually been put on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Newsweek has actually gotten in touch with the SPD for additional comment.
A federal murder investigation, conducted jointly between the FBI and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, has actually been introduced into the death of officer Sicknick.
Performing U.S. Attorney General Of The United States Jeffrey Rosen said the Department of Justice “will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those accountable.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi has actually bought all flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in memory of Sicknick, who was one of five people to die in relation to the riots.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) has actually called for Sicknick to depend on state at the Capitol as a tribute for his actions of “safeguarding those caught in the Capitol amidst a violent assault on our democracy itself.”
The FBI is working to determine those associated with the demonstrations, with Assistant Director Steven M. D’Antuono, informing press reporters that even if they had left the DC area, “you can still expect a knock on the door if we learn that you were part of criminal activity inside the Capitol.”
The graphic listed below by Statista shows how Americans feel about the use of violence to promote political goals.