Although nearby law enforcement agencies reported that off-duty officers with their departments were in Washington, D.C., during the insurrection at the Capitol building, Pasadena police officials said no local officers attended the incident.
“We are not aware of any Pasadena Police Officers participating, nor is there any information which indicates [that],” said Lt. William Grisafe.
Hundreds of people descended on the Capitol after attending a Stop the Steal rally where President Donald Trump and several of his associates claimed the Nov. 3 election was rigged against him.
Five people were killed as a result of the incident, and several people have been arrested. According to CNN, police have identified 200 suspects.
On Thursday, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva revealed that one person in his department admitted he was at the scene and has identified himself to the FBI.
In a statement released later, Villanueva said, “I am very concerned one of my deputies may have been involved in wrongdoing at the U.S. Capitol,”’ adding that an administrative investigation has been opened into the matter and that he has briefed the FBI.
Villanueva did not provide details on whether the deputy took part in the insurrection or is accused of committing any specific crime.
An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department also reported attending the pro-Trump rally, but did not participate in any activity at the Capitol. The officer said he returned to where he was staying and saw the Capitol being stormed on television.
After the rally, Trump’s supporters made their way into the Capitol and assaulted police officers as they screamed “Hang Mike Pence,” referring to the Vice President.
The event forced Congress to temporarily delay the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
Local members of Congress Reps. Adam Schiff and Judy Chu released real-time statements during the incident to ensure their constituents they were safe.
“Hi folks, my staff and I are safe,” wrote Schiff. “Thanks to the Capitol Police. A violent mob won’t stop us from upholding our constitutional duty to certify the election. This is a moment when everyone must decide whether our democracy is worth protecting. I believe it is.”