Donald Trump sued by two injured Capitol police officers who claim he 'inflamed' insurrectionist mob

DONALD Trump is being sued by two U.S Capitol Police Officers who claim the former president "inflamed" the mob on January 6.

Veterans James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby filed the lawsuit claiming they were nearly killed during the attack which they blame Trump for.

Both cops say they suffered horrific injuries from the riots that resulted in the death of five people.

Their suit filed in federal court in Washington on Tuesday said: 'The insurrectionists were spurred on by Trump's conduct over many months in getting his followers to believe his false allegation that he was about to be forced out of the White House because of massive election fraud.

'The insurrectionist mob, which Trump had inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted, forced its way over and past the plaintiffs and their fellow officers, pursuing and attacking them.'"

Blassingame, who is a 17-year veteran and Hemby, an 11-year veteran, claim Trump incited the riot by getting followers riled up over the results of the 2020 election.

Hemby says the riot "crushed against the doors on the east side" while "trying to hold insurrectionists back."


He claims that he suffered cuts and abrasions on his face, hands and body while the mob stormed the Capitol.

Blassingame, an African American, described the moment he was allegedly slammed against a stone column – damaging his spine and back of his head.

He said he was also racially abused, with rioters repeatedly calling him a n****r.

The officer said that he was "haunted by the memory of being attacked and of the sensory impacts – the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of the attack remain close to the surface."

He said he has "survivors guilt" because he was unable to save his colleague who lost their lives.

Both officers have highlighted Trump's December 19 tweet which read: "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there. Will be wild!"

The officers asked the court for compensatory damages of a minimum of $75,000 each and an unstated amount in punitive damages.

In February, an impeachment trial found Trump not guilty of inciting the violent scenes during his final weeks in office. 

He was acquitted after the Senate voted 57–43 for conviction, falling ten votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority.

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