DC: Woman Files $2 Million Civil Suit Against MPD Officers for Alleged Excessive Force on Jan. 6

Victoria White, a Minnesota woman, has filed a $2 million civil suit against the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for what she alleges was excessive force used against her during the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Paul Kamenar on March 27, names MPD Commander Jason Bagshaw and MPD Officer Neil McAllister, among others, for their alleged involvement in the incident.

Footage shows that White was beaten:

According to the complaint, White was unlawfully struck multiple times in the head and face with steel riot batons and fists by at least two MPD officers. The suit accuses the officers of using “deadly force” against her, resulting in physical, traumatic, and emotional harm.

The lawsuit, which alleges violations of the Civil Rights Act, is an amended version of a suit initially filed by White in January. It accuses the defendants of depriving White of her freedom and inflicting physical and mental anguish through their actions.

The suit describes a series of violent acts allegedly committed by the officers against White, including striking her head with a baton multiple times and slamming her into a concrete wall. Video evidence cited in the lawsuit purportedly shows the officers engaging in these actions.

The complaint also highlights the effects of the alleged beating on White, noting that she continues to suffer physical, traumatic, and emotional harm as a result of the incident.

The lawsuit comes after previous legal proceedings involving White’s case. She was indicted on four counts, including felony civil disorder, on January 26, 2022, and later accepted a plea deal in August 2023. In November 2023, she was sentenced to eight days of intermittent jail time.

White’s case has garnered attention due to its connection to the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol. She has spoken out about the lasting impact of the alleged beatings, comparing them to experiences of domestic abuse.

The lawsuit seeks $2 million in damages and demands accountability for the alleged actions of the MPD officers involved. As of now, none of the officers implicated in the incident have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges.

The lawsuit underscores ongoing legal battles and controversies surrounding the events of January 6, 2021, and the response of law enforcement agencies involved

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