In an open letter published Wednesday, a group of United States Capitol Police
officers expressed their "deep disappointment" that Republican
congressional leadership has refused to support the proposed bipartisan commission
to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(Ky.) nor House
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(Calif.) will support the independent commission established by a bill expected to pass the House. The bill, sponsored by House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and ranking member John Katko (R-N.Y.), was modeled after the bipartisan commission established after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The letter, written on USCP letterhead but left unsigned, was sent to House chiefs on Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.).
“Unfortunately, this letter comes to you anonymously, because as U.S. Capitol Police Officers, we are expected to remain neutral and do our jobs
with honor and integrity,” it says, adding that “it is unfortunate that our ‘bosses’ (Congress) are not held to the same standard that we, the USCP, are.”
The officers wrote that they were “subjected to hours and hours of physical trauma which has led to months of mental anguish” on that day, which followed a rally held by President Donald Trump
to contest the results of the 2020 election
. The attack killed five people
, and two officers committed suicide
in the days that followed.
“If you look around the Capitol building, you will see broken doors, smashed windows, and in some cases missing windows,” it continues, “and officers are forced to go to work
with the daily reminder of what happened that dreadful day.”
In a statement, the USCP stated that the letter does not represent the agency's official position, and that it would not comment on who wrote it.
“The United States Capitol Police does not take legislative positions,” the agency stated.
The entire letter is available for reading below.