'Elephant in the room': Police grapple with charges against officers in Jan. 6 Capitol attack


Police charged in Capitol riot underscore worrisome aspect of Jan. 6

At least 19 current or former officers were charged in Jan. 6, sometimes with assaulting officers, according to a USA TODAY analysis of court records.

  • At least seven current or former officers have been convicted, including Thomas Webster on Monday.
  • “Any time you see law enforcement violating the trust that’s been placed in them, it’s a concern, ” said Daniel Linskey, former Boston police chief.

WASHINGTON – Off-duty police officer Thomas Robertson confronted officers defending the Capitol Jan. 6. Carrying a large wooden stick, he entered the historic building amid a mob of rioters.

Robertson, 49, of Ferrum, Virginia, was convicted at trial last month of six charges, including felonies for obstructing Congress and interfering with law enforcement.

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