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Officer suspended amid probe into Capitol riot involvement

January 12, 2021 GMT

MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A police officer in Maryland was suspended with pay while authorities investigate whether the officer was involved in the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department announced the suspension of one of their officers in a statement on Monday. The identity of the officer was not released.

The police department’s office of professional standards and federal authorities will “review the Officer’s involvement and determine whether there was a violation of this agency’s policies or applicable laws,” the statement said.

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The police force said they support lawful expressions of freedom of speech and assembly, but are “committed to the highest level of ethical standards by its sworn and civilian members, whether on or off duty.”

Rioters violently clashed with officers on Wednesday as they forced their way in the Capitol to try to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

A police officer who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher later died, and a woman was fatally shot by an officer as she tried climbing through the broken window of a barricaded doorway inside the Capitol. Three others died in medical emergencies.

At least 90 people have been arrested on charges stemming from the siege.