Two Capitol police officers have been suspended for behaving inappropriately during last Wednesday’s Capitol riots
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Two police officers have been suspended in relation to alleged inappropriate behaviour during the deadly US Capitol riots.
The suspensions are said to have involved an officer taking selfies with rioters and another wearing a Make America Great Again hat and "directing people inside".
It was also claimed by congressman Tim Ryan that an officer had been arrested, but this was later clarified by his spokesman as untrue.
Up to 15 other law enforcers are also under investigation in relation to their behavior during Wednesday's riot which saw five people die, including a fellow officer.
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A photo of an officer posing for a selfie with a rioter inside the Capitol circulated online following the failed coup attempt.
"I know that there were two people that were suspended," Democratic Rep. Ryan, D-Ohio, who chairs one of the committees that oversees the federal law enforcement agency, said during a press call on Monday afternoon.
"One was the selfie officer and another was an officer that put a MAGA hat on that started directing some people around," the lawmaker said.
Trump supporters inside the Capitol during the riot
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)
He did not have specific details in relation to the officers under investigation, but said they numbered 10-15.
The congressman said one officer had been arrested but a spokesman later said he misspoke.
In scenes which shocked the world, hundreds of Donald Trump supporters descended on the government building in protest against Joe Biden being named President.
Congress members were inside the Senate chamber, completing the official Electoral College vote count, when rioters breached police barricades and began marauding through the Capitol.
President Trump was banned from Twitter and Facebook after it was deemed he had been inciting violence as the unrest continued.
US President Donald Trump has remained inside the White House since the riot
Trump's baseless claims of election fraud in the two months after losing the election to rival Biden – much of it through social media posts – culminated in the horrific attack which last several hours.
He had given a rally on the Elipse near the White House earlier in the day, which spurred on many of those in attendance to head to the Capitol.
US Capitol Police announced on Friday Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, died of injuries suffered during clashes with the pro-Trump fanatics.
United States Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick died following the riot
(Image: UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
He died on Thursday after reportedly having been hit over the head by a fire extinguisher during the riots.
While a second officer is understood to have taken his own life in the aftermath of the chaos.
Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, died while off-duty on Saturday, the force said in a statement.