The Seattle Police Department has indicated that they will terminate six of their officers unless they turn over personal communications to the department according to PJ Media.
According to the news outlet, the department is looking for communications from the officers due to their visit to Washington, D.C., on Jan 6. for the Capitol Hill Trump rally.
Two of the officers in question were not only in attendance at the rally, but posted photos of social media in support of Former President Donald Trump. Four more officers came forward admitting that they attended the event, however, each of the six who went to the nation’s capital were on vacation and none were wearing their uniforms while at the event.
The backlash over the riot that ensued has caused the Office of Police Accountability to ask for the officers to give the department access to their personal texts, photographs and receipts, according to KTTH.
“The documents include text messages to family or friends, photographs taken while in D.C. on vacation, receipts from hotels or restaurants they patronized, and even personal bank records during the time they were there,” KTTH reported.
“According to an internal email from the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) to members, obtained by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, ‘the city told us that Director Myerberg’s order was supported with the threat of termination.'”
The investigation that cleared the officers of wrongdoing wasn’t sufficient in the Seattle OPA’s estimation who decided to carry out a “pro-active investigation,” which prompted the invasive records request.
“I can confirm that OPA has ordered the officers to provide evidence of their whereabouts and activities on January 6 and, specifically, during the time that the insurrection was ongoing within and around the U.S. Capitol. This includes receipts, texts, photographs, and records of financial transactions,” OPA director Andrew Myerberg explained to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
According to the outlet, some of the officers were also asked invasive questions about their political beliefs, which even the SPOG leadership objected to, according to PJ Media.