Blassingame claims he was slammed against a stone column, injuring his spine and the back of his head. In addition to the physical attack, he says people were yelling and repeatedly calling him a n****r.
In the suit, Blassingame also says he’s “haunted by the memory of being attacked, and of the sensory impacts – the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of the attack remain close to the surface.” He adds that he has survivor’s guilt because he was unable to help some of his fellow officers … some of whom lost their lives due to the insurrection.
As for Trump’s responsibility for the attack … both officers point to his December 19 tweet where he said, “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there. Will be wild!” They assert that was a battle cry … “taken by many of [Trump’s] supporters as a literal call to arms.”
The officers are suing for unspecified damages for their physical injuries and emotional distress.