After suffering horrific injuries during the January 6th Capitol riots, 2 Capitol police officers are suing former President Donald Trump for the role he played in January's Capitol riots.
Here's the full story...
Now, it all started on January 6th when Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.
Thousands of his eager supporters gathered to listen to his speech just days before President Biden's inauguration ceremony.
Trump's refusal to concede to Joe Bide seemed to fuel the anger among his supporters...
I interviewed a Trump supporter at a 'Stop the Steal' protest LIVE on the BBC after Joe Biden won. It was...hectic pic.twitter.com/dOmQKlOQJJ— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) November 8, 2020
Trump repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and urged them to "take the election back," before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."
He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.
His words sounded almost like a direct order, didn't they?
Well, they resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...
Where hell was well and truly unleashed.
A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.
“Glass is all over the place.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows Lesley Stahl the destruction in her office after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of them in search of Speaker Pelosi. https://t.co/lZbCRGlV5P pic.twitter.com/GbDo2pEEQI— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 11, 2021
Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.
People began smashing down windows and doors...
And some rioters even broke into Nancy Pelosi's office, where they sat at her desk and stole some of her belongings.
And, to make things even more terrifying...
Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Pelosi.
Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead.
But it just goes to show the alarming extent of the ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.
While Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement to try and calm his supports, he instead (and eventually) tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."
Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress...
And it really didn't help that Trump was point-blank refusing to take responsibility for the riots.
His reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to tweet, so this was a huge deal.
But now, fast-forwarding a few months and one acquitted impeachment trial...
Trump has been forced to face the consequences of his actions once again.
New reports are stating that the former president is being sued by 2 Capitol police officers.
The officers claim that Trump "inflamed" the insurrectionist mob, which they say nearly led to their deaths, as per TMZ.
James Blassingame, a seventeen-year veteran, and Sidney Hemby, an eleven-year veteran, are the ones to file the lawsuit...
Saying they suffered horrific injuries and that they place the blame directly upon Trump.
In the suit, the officers also claim Trump incited the riot by getting his followers riled up about trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
According to the documents, which have been obtained by the tabloid, Hemby says the riot resulted in him being "crushed against the doors on the east side" while "trying to hold the insurrectionists back."
He added that he suffered cuts and abrasions on his face, hands, and body while the mob attacked.
Blassingame, on the other hand, claims he was slammed against a stone column, which injured his spine and the back of his head.
In addition to the physical attack, he says people were hurling racial abuse at him.
Blassingame also says he's "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 added that he has survivor's guilt because he was unable to help some of his fellow officers...
Some of whom lost their lives due to the insurrection.
In the suit, both officers pointed to Trump's December 19th tweet where he said:
"Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there. Will be wild!"
The officers are suing for unspecified damages for their physical injuries and emotional distress.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.