One of the most disturbing aspects of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is the number of participants who have turned out to be otherwise respectable members of society. Unfortunately, that includes some members of law enforcement.
The Associated Press reports that “at least 31 officers in 12 states are being scrutinized by their supervisors for their behavior in the District of Columbia or face criminal charges for participating in the riot.” Among them are three Los Angeles police officers and a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.
To date, no Los Angeles law enforcement officers have been charged with violence or law breaking. Some have said they only attended the Trump rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol and that they remained peaceful throughout. That presents a moral and ethical dilemma. Like anyone else, officers are legally entitled to free speech. They can support any candidate they choose. But their presence alongside Q Anon adherents and white nationalists – at an event devoted to the overturning a free election – could easily undermine public trust.
Read more about the scrutiny of some members of law enforcement here.