Two U.S. Capitol Police officers have filed a federal lawsuit against ex-president and now private citizen Donald Trump based on the premise that they suffered personal injuries because he allegedly incited a riot after the “stop the steal” rally on January 6.
The officers, 17- and 11-year veterans of the law enforcement agency, respectively, seek $75,000 each in compensatory damages plus punitive damages to be determined at trial (if there is one).
In general, punitive damages — if or when they are awarded — can be assessed at three times actual money damages and are designed to discourage others in the society at large from engaging in future wrongdoing. That assumes that a defendant is liable in the first place.
In various allegations contained in a 40-page complaint that provides a history of what happened on that day from the officers’ perspective, the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, claims that “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 inside and outside the United States Capitol, and causing the injuries.”
The complaint describes the various harm that the officers suffered in certain detail. One of the plaintiffs “was attacked relentlessly” by “insurrectionists,” suffering cuts and abrasions to his face, hands, and body and was pinned against a large metal door. He is also receiving ongoing treatment for neck and back injuries.
The other officer suffered injuries to his hand, back, and neck and during the melee after insurrectionists struck him in “what felt like every part of his body” as well as pinning him against a stone column. That officer also claims that the protesters spewed the N-word “more times than he could count.”
The legal filing also suggests that both officers continue to suffer an emotional toll for what occurred on January 6 in addition to their physical injuries.
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This could be the first of other similar cases to follow, given that about 140 cops were reportedly injured on that day.
The complaint, which consists of as-yet unproven allegation and accordingly, like every lawsuit, is a one-sided presentation of purported relevant facts, accuses Trump of the following: directing assault and battery, aiding and abetting assault and battery, directing intentional infliction of emotional distress, violating D.C. law that prohibits incitement to riot, and violating a D.C. law that prohibits disorderly conduct along with related statutes.
A prominent D.C. personal injury firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of the two officers, although partisan politics may or may not also be involved here.
This appears to be the same law firm that took it upon itself to file ethics complaints against three D.C. lawyers “who actively participated in lawsuits trying to overturn the 2020 Presidential election.”
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