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Minneapolis investigating two employees who may have attended rally-turned-insurrection in D.C.

By: - January 11, 2021 5:26 pm

Thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters storm the U.S. Capitol building following a “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

The city of Minneapolis confirmed it is investigating complaints against two employees who may have traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to attend the pro-Trump rally which led to a violent siege of the U.S. Capitol.

The city said it is prohibited from disclosing the identities of the employees at this time under state law.

“The city takes complaints against its employees very seriously, especially those that might involve crimes. The City is cooperating with federal authorities and urges the public to report any information it has to local and federal authorities,” spokeswoman Sarah McKenzie wrote in an email.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said Monday he has no knowledge of any police officers or civilian employees being in attendance at the rally.

“We simply do not have the staffing to scour the social media pages of our staff. We will investigate any complaints brought forward,” Elder wrote in an email.

The so-called “Stop the Steal” rally on Wednesday led to five deaths — including at least one police officer — when insurrectionists forced their way into the U.S. Capitol, leading members of Congress and staff to flee and delaying the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

So far at least 90 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection according to the Associated Press.

This story is developing and may be updated.

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Max Nesterak
Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.