NEW: Three months to the day a mob of Trump supporters stormed Congress, leaving dozens of officers battered, the Capitol Police are in crisis.

Friday’s deadly attack is raising new worry about the toll on officers’ mental health.

w/ @nicholaswu12…
Even those who weren’t physically injured on Jan. 6 have described haunting hand-to-hand encounters with rioters, some hurling racist epithets, others brandishing tasers, knives and bats to threaten them.…
Since Jan 6: The force has faced intense scrutiny and an IG’s rebuke, 34 officers are under internal investigation, one died by suicide, two are suing Trump. All amid a Covid crisis that has taxed frontline workers like police more than most.…
Friday’s vehicle attack at a Capitol checkpoint, which left one officer dead and another injured, has made 2021 an unprecedented year of violence for the Capitol Police and ranked it among the hardest-hit law enforcement agencies in the country so far.…
UPDATE: The Capitol Police this morning shared the detailed list of mental health resources that have been made available to officers since Jan. 6 -- and plans to roll out a new internal peer support program later this year.…

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1 Apr
NEW: A federal DC judge has rejected an effort by a local reverend to force the Capitol Police to allow him to hold a Friday prayer vigil in a restricted spot on Capitol Grounds, where rioters caused severe damage.

"I don’t think this is a very close case," Judge Boasberg said.
Rev. Patrick MAHONEY sued, claiming a violation of speech rights and emphasizing that he felt "led by god," his attorney said, to lead a vigil on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol grounds. Alternative spots proposed by Capitol Police were insufficient, he argued.
The US Attorney, representing Congress, emphasized that all applications to hold events in restricted areas of the Capitol — shuttered due to 1/6 — have been blocked.

Boasberg called the restrictions "reasonable" and said he wouldn't second-guess lawful security decisions.
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31 Mar
NEW: Two Capitol Police officers are suing Donald Trump, saying he bears responsibility for the physical and psychological injuries they suffered during intense hand-to-hand combat with his supporters on Jan. 6.…
“For the first time in his life, people were yelling into his face, calling him a [n——] repeatedly and throughout the attack in the Crypt,” the suit says of Officer James Blassingame, who says he suffered a back injury when he was slammed into a column.…
Blassingame later guarded the committee room where lawmakers were in lockdown during the riot, and he noted he was unable to leave for hours even though many present refused to wear masks.…
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30 Mar
NEWS: Capitol Police have shared 14,000+ hours of surveillance footage with lawmakers probing Jan. 6 — as well as "numerous clips" requested by House impeachment managers.

It's the first glimpse of the secretive dept's cooperation with investigators.…
The court filing from Capitol Police counsel Thomas DiBiase indicates that the department has provided entirety of Jan. 6 footage — tens of thousands of hours — to House admin and Senate Rules Committees.…
The department has shared much of that with the FBI and DC Police but is worried that sharing it with defendants charged in Jan. 6 cases could expose sensitive security information about the Capitol to the people who attacked it.…
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29 Mar
NEW: Proud Boy leader Ethan Nordean reveals in a court filing that prosecutors have turned over 1,500 pages of Telegram messages between the group's members surrounding Jan. 6.

Many make clear the group believed it lacked a coherent plan.
NORDEAN also submits affidavits from musician Michale Graves and his manager Arturo Santaella, who say Nordean asked Graves to perform for the group on the afternoon of Jan. 6 — evidence the defense said proves there was no premeditated plan to infiltrate the Capitol.
Judge MEHTA has made clear a conspiracy can be hatched minutes before it happens, so premeditation isn't required. But Nordean's effort is to show Proud Boys did not go into Jan. 6 with a plan for violent siege.
Read 4 tweets
26 Mar
Its 3:45 AM and “Baked Alaska” Anthime Gionet just asked a judge to remove his GPS monitor in part because he is a Christian who loves cops and “does not come from a background of violence.”

Reminder: He called a cop a ‘fucking oathbreaker’ while breaching the Capitol.
Gionet also claims to be a member of the press and says video he took will show him “fist bumping officers inside.”
Here’s what prosecutors say he did when officers asked him to move:
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24 Mar
JUST IN: Prosecutors revealed comms between top Oath Keepers this morning that show evidence they coordinated tactics with the Proud Boys and other militia groups in advance of Jan. 5-6 activities.
Oath Keepers were convinced Trump was going to invoke the Insurrection Act, which they viewed as permission to stop counting of electoral votes.
Important caveat: Oath Keepers have admitted to preparing for violence in the event they encountered antifa, not for storming the Capitol — and some of these comms suggest that was their consideration. More keeps emerging though...
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