A Capitol Police officer who was seen wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat during last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol says he wore it as part of an effort to rescue his colleagues, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Officers told the newspaper that the officer, identified as Lt. Tarik Khalid Johnson, wore the MAGA hat so that he could win the trust of protesters, who he then used to help push his way through a crowd to rescue colleagues trapped inside the building.


The officers said his actions allowed a door to be closed, preventing more rioters from entering the building.

In video reviewed by the Journal, Johnson is seen in the MAGA hat asking for help as protesters scream “Fight for Trump.” After enlisting the help of two men, the group makes its way through the east steps of the Capitol, which were crowded by rioters. 

Video also shows a brief struggle at the portico door just outside the Rotunda after some of the mob resisted the group getting in.  One witness, photojournalist Chris Jones, says one of the men with Johnson faced to crowd, allowing him to make it into the Capitol.

Several minutes into the video, Johnson is seen exiting the Capitol with officers in body armor and riot gear.

In a statement to The Hill, the department said it is "actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies.  Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination."   

"Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations." 

The report comes as authorities seek to investigate how the mob was able to breach the U.S. Capitol in last week's deadly riot.

Five people died as a result of the riot, including one Capitol Police officer. More than 100 people have been arrested thus far in connection with the insurrection.

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanTim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (D-Ohio) said on Monday that there are currently between 10 to 15 investigations of misconduct underway.

—Updated at 4:55 p.m.