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U.S. Capitol police officers sue former President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting Capitol riot

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Police officers face off with protesters at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 in Washington.

WASHINGTON – Two Capitol Police officers, repeatedly assaulted during the deadly Capitol siege, have sued former President Donald Trump,  accusing him of inciting the riot that left five dead and injured more than 100 officers.

James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby are seeking damages in excess of $75,000, each, accusing the former president of gathering and unleashing a mob that ultimately breached the Capitol after violent clashes with officers.

“Trump’s words and conduct leading up to and on January 6, 2021… demonstrated a willful and wanton disregard for and a reckless indifference to James Blassingame’s and Sidney Hemby’s safety and that of their fellow officers,” the officers said.

What to watch:Donald Trump faces legal challenges well beyond the Capitol riots

Other Trump suits:House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell sues Trumps, Giuliani, Brooks over riot

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