Two Seattle police officers who were in Washington on the day of the riot at the U.S. Capitol last January have been fired from their jobs, KOMO News reports.
Adrian Diaz, Seattle’s interim police chief, said in a statement issued Friday that the officers “were present at an attack on the U.S. Capitol, which was also an attack on our profession and on every officer across the country.”
“Based on the evidence presented to me and the statement of the officers themselves, I have terminated their employment with the Seattle Police Department, effective immediately,” Diaz added.
The officers in question have been identified as Alexander Everett and Caitlin Everett. They were two of six Seattle police officers who were said to have been in D.C. amid the unrest on Jan. 6.
The pair were reportedly captured on camera that day in an area of the Capitol grounds that was off-limits to the public. According to KOMO, the FBI claims Alexander Everett was captured on video saying that he was “thinking about” joining others who were attempting to gain entry into the Capitol building.
As a result of these actions, the Office of Police Accountability (OPA) recommended that both Everetts lose their jobs. The group determined that the other four Seattle officers were not involved in the riot.
“In granting the police the power and responsibility to do their work, the community takes as collateral an expectation that law enforcement will at all times earn and abide by that trust,” Diaz wrote in his Friday statement. “It is also what Seattle Police officers expect of their colleagues, since these two officers’ actions in D.C. that day were first brought to our attention by fellow officers.”
A “lose-lose for everybody”
Diaz also said the two officers “were found to have crossed the outdoor barriers established by the Capitol Police and were directly next to the Capitol Building.”
“It is beyond absurd to suggest that they did not know they were in an area where they should not be, amidst what was already a violent, criminal riot,” the police chief charged.
“Make no mistake: as a result of the events on January 6th, five Capitol police officers have lost their lives. More than a hundred officers sustained serious injuries – some career-ending – through outright assault. Hundreds more, across all agencies called to respond, bear the physical and emotional scars of that day,” Diaz said. “The participation of these two officers in that crowd is a stain on our department.”
According to KOMO, Seattle Police Officers Guild president Mike Solan has since called the case a “lose-lose for everybody.”
“This case, like any event from January 6, is going to be politicized and that’s the sad part of this,” Solan said Friday. “That’s a tough thing to really grasp. We have people that align on the left, people on the right and in the middle, and as a union we have to advocate for everybody, regardless of January 6 and the sad day in our nation’s history.”