Donald Trump Retreats From Stoking Jan. 6 Fire As Capitol Riot Lawsuits Pile Up

Three more police officers who were on duty during the January 6 attack at the Capitol are suing Donald Trump over his alleged role in the insurrection, as he cancels a planned press conference on the one-year anniversary of the riot.

The civil suits filed by Capitol Police officer Marcus Moore and Metropolitan Police Department Officers Bobby Tabron and DeDivine K. Carter are the latest in a number of legal complaints against the former president in connection to the attack at the Capitol.

Trump became the first president in history to be impeached twice for allegedly inciting the riot after spending weeks falsely claiming the 2020 Election was rigged against him.

Trump—who has repeatedly downplayed the violence at the Capitol and denies he incited the disturbance—was due to hold a press conference on January 6, one year from the attack, where he intended to further claim that he lost the election due to widespread voter fraud.

Trump has now canceled the conference over what he called the "total bias and dishonesty" of House Select committee investigating the January 6 attack, and instead will air his grieves at his rally in Arizona on January 15.

Below, Newsweek has compiled the civil lawsuits filed by police officers and others against Trump in connection to the January 6 attack.

Marcus Moore

According to the lawsuit filed in Washington D.C., Capitol Police officer Moore is suing Trump for the "physical and emotional injuries" he suffered on January 6.

The suit claims that Trump had "inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted" the mob to storm the Capitol building and attack law enforcement officers on that day.

The suit described how Moore was assaulted by Trump supporters as he was attempting to protect the House Chambers doors from the mob.

"The insurrectionists crushed Moore against the wall. The combination of the crush of people pinning him to the wall and overwhelming chemical odor from bear spray and other chemicals, made it difficult for him to breathe," the suit states.

"Insurrectionists shouted at Moore and the officers to join them, screaming 'we stood up for you,' even as they attacked him. Others shouted, 'take their guns and kill them.'"

Moore claims that "it was not clear to him" that he would survive the January 6 attack as the disorder continued. He suffered numerous physical injuries and continues to suffer "severe emotional toll" in the wake of the attack, the suit alleges.

Bobby Tabron and DeDivine Carter

Two Metropolitan police officers are also suing Trump for their "physical and emotional injuries" they suffered as a result of the January 6 attack, for which they blame the former president.

The suit uses near-identical arguments as Moore's to accuse Trump of inciting the insurrectionist mob to attack the Capitol after spending weeks falsely claiming he lost the election due to widespread voter fraud.

"Trump's words and conduct leading up to and on January 6, 2021, and his ratification through silence when words and action were necessary, and his further ratification by direct praise of the rioters...demonstrated a willful and wanton disregard for and a reckless indifference to Bobby Tabron and DeDivine K. Carter's safety and that of their fellow officers," reads the complaint.

The suit states that Tabron suffered a broken wrist after he found himself in "hand-to-hand combat" with the mob of Trump supporters on January 6 and was also sprayed with chemicals.

The officer's "thinking is slower, and his speech is slightly slurred" from the concussion he suffered when the insurrectionists repeatedly struck him in the head on January 6, according to the suit. Tabron also experiences insomnia and when he can sleep is said to frequently have "nightmares and night terrors in which he is fighting for his life at what seemed like the end of the world."

The suit also describes how Carter was under constant attack on January 6 outside the Capitol and in a tunnel on the West Front of the building that officers now refer to as the "Tunnel of Death."

The suit also states how Carter had to disarm an insurrectionist who lunged at another officer with a knife.

Seven Officers

In August, seven Capitol Police officers filed a joint suit against Trump and members of far-right extremist groups Oath Keepers and Proud Boys accusing them of committing "bias-motivated acts of terrorism."

Officers Conrad Smith, Danny McElroy, Byron Evans, Governor Latson, Melissa Marshall, Michael Fortune and Jason DeRoche alleges that the defendants violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, an 1871 statute which protects against violent conspiracies that "prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from accepting or holding any office, trust, or place of confidence under the United States."

The suit, which also names the former president's longtime ally Roger Stone, alleges negligence, assault, battery and violation of the D.C. Bias-Related Crimes Act against the officers, some of whom are Black.

trump lawsuits
Donald Trump arrives at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby

The two Capitol police offices filed a suit against Trump in March over claims he incited the attack at the Capitol and therefore caused them physical and emotional injuries.

Blassingame claims that he was also subjected to racial abuse while being attacked by Trump supporters.

Hemby alleges that he was crushed against a door and suffered injuries to his hand and knee during the violence.

Eric Swalwell

In March, former House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell filed his suit to sue Trump, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr., his attorney Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks over the former president's alleged role in inciting the January 6 attack.

The California Democrat claims that the defendants "assembled, inflamed and incited the mob, and as such are wholly responsible for the injury and destruction" that occurred on January 6.

Bernie Thompson/NAACP

The first lawsuit Trump faced in connection to the January 6 attack was filed last February by Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).

The suit, which is similar to Salwell's, also claims that Trump incited the riot and violated the Ku Klux Klan Act which prohibits interference with Congress' constitutional duties.

Thompson withdrew from the suit in July when he became chair of the House of Representatives' Select Committee investigating January 6.

Trump and his team have been contacted for comment.

capitol police
Capitol police use pepper spray and tear gas to clear the capitol. Trump supporters clashed with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021 Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Editor's pick

Newsweek cover
  • Newsweek magazine delivered to your door
  • Unlimited access to
  • Ad free experience
  • iOS and Android app access
  • All newsletters + podcasts
Newsweek cover
  • Unlimited access to
  • Ad free experience
  • iOS and Android app access
  • All newsletters + podcasts