Who are Caitlin and Alexander Everett? Seattle PD cops fired for participating in Capitol riots
Two Seattle PD officers have been found guilty of breaking the law for participating in the January 6 insurrection. The Office of Police Accountability (OPA) has recommended that Caitlin and Alexander Everett be fired from the department for their actions. Four other Seattle officers were also reported to have been in Washington DC that day, but were cleared by the OPA and are back on active duty. Chief Adrian Diaz said he has "terminated their employment with the Seattle Police Department, effective immediately."
The January 6 insurrection has already claimed the lives of five officers, four of whom died by suicide. Most recently, we reported on the death of Kyle DeFreytag. Along with this, we are also learning about a large presence of current and former police officers, military personnel, and other federal agents during the insurrection. On July 20, we reported on ex-DEA agent Mark Sami Ibrahim, who was at the riots with his badge and service weapon despite being off duty. In fact, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley was forced to pen a memo in the days after the riot, after numerous veterans were noted to be present at the riots.
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Several police officers were also noted to have joined the insurrection, like the six from Seattle. We do not know the names of the other 4, and the PD did not reveal the names of the Everett's, it was published by SPD Blotter who managed to get their hands on the disciplinary action report of the two officers. Here's everything we know about them.
Who are Caitlin and Alexander Everett?
Marriage records indicate the two were married in December 2020, just a month before the insurrection on January 6, 2021. According to DivestSPD, the duo transferred to the SPD in 2017 from Roudrock, Texas. In the three years on the SPD force, they have 10 complaints filed against them, the organization reported. The complaints include bias, use of force, and professionalism. Beyond that, there is little we could find out about the couple. They do not appear to have a public Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts.
We know the couple was caught after one of the six officers uploaded a photo of herself with a former cop at the Captiol. That led to an investigation that revealed six officers were in DC on January 6, but four of them were there for sightseeing or visiting friends. They said they had simply attended Trump's 'Stop the Steal' rally brefily. The Everett's though, were found to have participated not only in the rally but also the insurrection. The other four officers are reportedly back on active duty, and will not face any consequences.
The OPA worked with the FBI to uncover a video that showed the Everett's outside the Captiol, as rioters were attempting to make their way inside. A person shooting the video asks the two, "Well f---, doing it?", to which a male voice responds "Thinking about it." The OPA wrote in its report, "Their participation in activities intended to undermine the lawful and legitimate results of our electoral system and diminish the integrity of our democracy, is unacceptable... Not only were there signs posted in that area, but there were ongoing violent acts, the use of less-lethal tools by law enforcement officers, and multiple other signs that being in that location was inappropriate and impermissible." Reportedly, the Everett's argued that they "had no idea that the event had turned violent."
After the OPA made its report, Chief Diaz issued a statement and said, "These two officers were present at an attack on the U.S. Capitol, which was also an attack on our profession and on every officer across the country... The participation of these two officers in that crowd is a stain on our department, and on the men and women who work every day to protect our community, serve those in need, and do so with compassion and dignity. "
It's unclear if the two will be charged by the DoJ for their role on January 6. So far, over 500 people have been caught and charged, with several already being sentenced. It's unclear where the Everett's currently are, or what they intend to do next.