By Katelyn Polantz, CNN reporter, Crime and Justice
United States Capitol Police Officer Briana Kirkland is suing former President Donald Trump for the physical and emotional pain she suffered, including traumatic brain injury, as a result of the Capitol uprising, according to a new case filed in DC District Court.
His complaint joins other similar lawsuits, including other police officers, seeking to hold Trump accountable for civil sanctions in DC district court. He details his movements and altercations with the crowd during some of the most intense moments on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Kirkland had run towards the Capitol alongside other officers as they attempted to form a line to protect the Lower West Terrace gate – which then became a major scene of violence as crowds attempted to enter the building. She said she had little protective gear and was outnumbered 450 to 1.
“All she could do was try to hold on as she held her staff in her hand with all her might,” her complaint states. During the melee, she was caught in a cloud of chemical gas, before fighting with a rioter over a bicycle rack barrier.
Later that day, she helped emergency medical personnel get to Ashli Babbitt, a rioter who was gunned down by a policeman protecting an interior hallway in Congress.
Kirkland suffered a headache late that day, evidence of a concussion, although she “does not remember being hit on the head,” according to the lawsuit. The injury prevented her from working until her return to full-time this week, her trial states.
She seeks at least $ 75,000 in damages.
“Officer Kirkland endured an odyssey in which she began as one of twenty USCP officers dispatched to the Western Front of the United States Capitol, and ended up covered in chemical spray, blood, of traumatic brain injury that would cost her a year.of her personal and professional life, and physical and personal injuries that will be with her indefinitely, ”her lawyer, Patrick Malone, wrote in Thursday’s filing – the first anniversary of the attack.
Trump’s “provocative words and actions before and on January 6, 2021 were likely to incite and provoke violence in others and in fact instigated and provoked violence directed against Briana Kirkland,” he added.
Trump was hit on Tuesday by two more federal lawsuits by law enforcement officers who were on Capitol Hill the day of the attack and who allege that the then president led the assault that brought them down. hurt and emotionally traumatized. A lawyer for Trump, as well as his spokesperson, did not respond to CNN’s investigation into the lawsuits.
The complaints – one filed by an officer in the United States Capitol Police and another by two members of the DC Metropolitan Police – joined six other civil lawsuits that had been filed against Trump, the rioters or others on Tuesday. for their alleged roles in encouraging the attack on Capitol Hill.
Latest cases accuse Trump of directing assault and battery; complicity in assault and battery; and violating Washington, DC laws that prohibit incitement to rioting and disorderly behavior. They are also filing a complaint under the Ku Klux Klan Act, a reconstruction-era law that has been cited in other January 6 lawsuits against Trump and his allies.
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CNN’s Tierney Sneed contributed to this report.