US Capitol Police officers sue Donald Trump for January 6 riot

Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby say they suffered physical and emotional injuries in the riot in Washington

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Two Capitol Police officers sued former US president Donald Trump on Tuesday, accusing him of inciting the January 6 insurrection that left dozens of their fellow officers injured and one dead.

Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby said they suffered "physical and emotional injuries" in the riots in Washington.

"The insurrectionists were spurred on by Trump's conduct over many months in getting his followers to believe his false allegation that he was about to be forced out of the White House because of massive election fraud," they said in the suit filed in federal court in Washington.

Pro-Trump supporters storm Capitol

Pro-Trump supporters storm Capitol

"The insurrectionist mob, which Mr Trump had inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted, forced its way over and past the plaintiffs and their fellow officers, pursuing and attacking them."

Mr Blassingame, a 17-year veteran of the Capitol police force, said he incurred injuries to his head and back and suffers emotionally from the event.

The African-American officer said he was subjected to racist attacks from Trump supporters during the assault on Congress.

Mr Hemby, an 11-year officer, suffered hand and knee injuries after being crushed against Capitol building doors and was sprayed in the face and on his body with chemical sprays in the attack.

"Officer Hemby normally has a calm demeanour but has struggled to manage the emotional fallout from being relentlessly attacked," the suit says.

The lawsuit compiles numerous instances in which it says Mr Trump encouraged the insurrection.

It accuses Mr Trump of directing and abetting assault and battery and emotional distress, incitement to riot, and breaching public safety statutes.

The officers asked the court for compensatory damages of a minimum of $75,000 each and an unstated amount in punitive damages.