The suspension of the agents was announced last night in a statement issued by the local police after it was learned that the troops were present in the brief takeover of the US Congress thanks to a photo released on social networks.
According to the note, an investigation was opened to clarify the participation of the agents in the incidents and to verify if they committed illegal acts.
“The Department fully supports all lawful expressions of First Amendment freedom of speech, but the violent mob and events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol were unlawful and resulted in the death of another police officer,” Diaz said in the statement quoted by The Seattle Times newspaper.
“If any SPD officers were directly involved in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, I will immediately terminate them,” he said.
Thousands of Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol last Wednesday during the certification process of the results of the US presidential elections, in which the Republican mogul, who denounces a “fraud“, was defeated by the Democrat, Joe Biden. Also, a woman was shot during the Capitol riots in Washington DC. Latest reports say that four died during the Washington riots.