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UPDATE: USCP’s January 6 Internal Investigations

September 11, 2021
Press Release

After January 6, the United States Capitol Police promised to provide an update on its internal investigations related to the attack.

This week, the USCP provided the Department of Justice the administrative cases as part of the ongoing discovery production in the prosecution of the January 6 rioters. Officer names, witness names, and complainant names were redacted.

The USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) launched 38 internal investigations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not find sufficient evidence that any of the officers committed a crime.

OPR was able to identify the officers involved in 26 of the cases. (Some complaints did not contain enough information to identify the officer at the center of the complaint.)

In 20 of the cases, no wrongdoing was found.

Violations were sustained and disciplinary action was recommended in six cases;

  • Three for conduct unbecoming
  • One for failure to comply with directives
  • One for improper remarks
  • One for improper dissemination of information

Another case about an official who is accused of unsatisfactory performance and conduct unbecoming is still pending. The administrative investigation started after a criminal investigation, in which charges were not filed.

USCP internal investigations, including any recommended disciplinary actions, as well as personnel matters are not public information.

The Department is committed to accountability when officers fail to meet the standards governed by USCP policies and the Congressional Community's expectations.

The six sustained cases should not diminish the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police officers.

On January 6, the bravery and courage exhibited by the vast majority of our employees was inspiring.