PHILADELPHIA (TBEN) – Seven members of the SEPTA Police are under investigation after attending last week’s pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC Leaders are now trying to determine if they were involved in the attack from the Capitol.
Another local investigation is underway, examining the actions of seven SEPTA police officers who were in Washington, DC when the Capitol was attacked.
According to a SEPTA media relations spokesperson, the transit agency received advice that an employee attended the January 6 rally.
The investigation revealed the participation of additional SEPTA police officers – seven in total – who were in Washington that day.
“They are being investigated to see if they have been involved in rioting behavior or for violations of our social media policies,” SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said.
The agency is looking to determine the extent of the participation of the seven officers, including whether they actually entered the United States Capitol or whether they simply participated in the rally.
The latest investigation comes days after Philadelphia Police opened their own internal affairs case against one of their agents.
Public Affairs told us that a detective was under investigation after allegedly attending Trump’s rally that preceded the riots on the U.S. Capitol.
As in the SEPTA police case, it is not known whether the Philadelphia detective entered the Capitol building or whether the agency’s policies were violated.
A Philadelphia Police spokesperson confirms the detective has been placed on restrictive duty, which includes the surrender of a department-issued firearm pending the outcome of the investigation.
In the SEPTA police case, a spokesperson said the results of the investigation, once finalized, will be shared with the FBI.
In a statement, Troy Parham, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Transit Police, gave some additional details about the seven officers under investigation.
“Five members of the Fraternal Order of Transit Police – which represents SEPTA police officers – and two supervisors, not represented by the FOTP, known to have attended the rally on Capitol Hill on January 6 to support the allegations President Donald Trump’s fraud in the 2020 election is currently under investigation by SEPTA’s Internal Affairs Division to determine whether they were involved in any illegal activity that day, ”Parham writes.
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