Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit demanding unspecified amount of damages: the Trump campaign, longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone, a group called Stop the Steal that helped organize the rally Trump was held on Addressed Jan. 6, facing more than a dozen people on criminal charges related to the uprising and several organizations whose members allegedly were involved, such as the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.
“We joined the Capitol Police to uphold the law and protect the Capitol community,” said the seven officers in a joint statement. “On January 6th, we tried to prevent people from breaking laws and destroying our democracy. Since then, our jobs and those of our colleagues have become infinitely more dangerous.
The lawsuit is the second by Capitol cops against Trump. The first, filed earlier this year by two officials, accuses Trump of instigating the January 6 riot.
Congressmen have also sued for the violence. In February, MP Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Filed a lawsuit against Trump, Giuliani, the Proud Boys and others. A dozen other members of the Democratic House later joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs, and Thompson resigned from the case in July after being named chairman of the House Select Committee that investigated the origins of the insurrection.
In March, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Sued Trump, Giuliani, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., And Donald Trump Jr. for their alleged roles in promoting violence.
The lawyers for the officials filing the new lawsuit asked to be assigned to Judge Amit Mehta, an Obama-appointed agent who is already handling the other civil riot-related cases.
Legal experts have said cases against people who were actually accused of violence on Jan. 6 are likely to gain in importance. However, the lawsuits against Trump, Giuliani and others face an uphill battle over the comprehensive protection of the First Amendment, which grants speech on political issues. Attorneys handling the cases hope to bring the lawsuits to a stage of investigation, where they can investigate how the rallies prior to the January 6 riot were funded and the discussions among organizers about the potential for violence.