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Did US Capitol Police Release a Statement on Jan. 6 Commission?

An anonymous member of USCP, not the organization's leadership, penned this statement.

Published May 19, 2021

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The Capitol Police released a statement expressing "profound disappointment" in Republican leadership's lack of support for the Jan. 6 commission.

This statement was not endorsed by and did not originate with U.S. Capitol Police leadership. This statement came from an anonymous USCP member and expressed the views of an unspecified number of Capitol Police officers.

On May 19, 2021, as members of the U.S. House of Representatives debated the establishment of a commission that would look into the events that led up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a statement supposedly issued by U.S. Capitol Police in which they expressed "profound disappointment" in Republican members who had expressed opposition to this commission started circulating online:

The statement was initially shared with a message stating "The U.S. Capitol Police have issued a statement to members of Congress...," however, this statement did not actually originate with, nor was it endorsed by, the U.S. Capitol Police. This statement was issued by an unspecified number of Capitol Police members, not the organization as a whole.

A spokesperson for USCP told Snopes: "All we can say is it was NOT written by the Department."

Politico reporter Olivia Beavers deleted her original message and posted a clarification. She then reposted this statement along with a new message clearly stating that it came from "MEMBERS" of USCP:

Shortly after this statement went viral, the U.S. Capitol Police posted a message on Twitter saying that "USCP does NOT take positions on legislation."

Zachary Cohen, a National security reporter with CNN, reported that the news network had spoken with the officer who wrote the letter. The anonymous officer said that it represented the views of 40-50 officers:

In sum: A member of USCP penned a letter expressing the view of an unspecified number of U.S. Capitol Police Officers that they were "profoundly disappointed" in politicians voicing their opposition to a Jan. 6 commission. This statement did not come from USCP leadership. USCP said in a statement that they do not take positions on legislation.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who has been working in the news industry since 2006.

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