The Seattle Police Department says three more police officers have self-reported that they were in Washington, D.C., during the Trump-inspired insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
That makes a total of five Seattle officers who are under investigation for traveling to Washington, D.C., when a mob of right-wing rioters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from accepting the election of Joe Biden. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.
Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz last week suspended with pay two other officers who were found to have been in Washington, D.C., to attend then-President Donald Trump’s “stop the steal” rally, which drew thousands who believed Trump’s false claim that he had won the election. Diaz said he would terminate any officer found to have been involved in the mayhem.
Diaz said Wednesday the other three additional officers have since self-reported to their supervisors and remain on duty at this time.
Office of Police Accountability Director Andrew Myerberg said last week that police had been put on notice and that any other officers who may have attended the rally were expected to self-report their involvement.
Myerberg on Wednesday initially reported to Seattle’s Community Police Commission that two additional officers had self-reported. Diaz updated that number to three in a post on the police department’s social media page a couple hours later.
“I made it very clear when I assumed this position, that any violation of community trust or any action that threatens our ability to serve this city will be met with full accountability,” Diaz said in a statement.
“We cannot violate the same laws we are sworn to protect,” the chief said. “We cannot allow violent or intimidating direct action to become acceptable in our society.”