Kirkland had run to the Capitol alongside other officers as they attempted to form a line to protect the Lower West Terrace door — which later became a scene of significant violence as the crowd attempted to get into the building. She said she had little protective gear and was outnumbered by the Trump-supporting crowd by 450 people to 1.
“All she could do was try to stand her ground as she gripped her baton in her hand with all her strength,” her complaint states. During the melee, she was caught in a cloud of chemical gas, before fighting with a rioter over a bike rack barrier.
Kirkland had a headache late in the day that was evidence of a concussion, though she “didn’t recall being struck in the head,” according to the lawsuit.The injury kept her from working until she returned full time this week, her lawsuit states.
She is seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
Trump’s “provocative words and actions leading up to and on January 6, 2021, were likely to incite and provoke violence in others and did in fact incite and provoke violence directed at Briana Kirkland,” he added.
Trump had been hit with two other federal lawsuits Tuesday from law enforcement officers who were at the Capitol the day of the attack and who allege that the then-President directed the assault that left them injured and emotionally traumatized. An attorney for Trump, as well as his spokesperson, did not respond to CNN’s inquiry about those lawsuits.
The complaints — one filed by a US Capitol Police officer and another by two members of the DC Metropolitan Police — joined on Tuesday six other civil suits that had been filed against Trump, the rioters or others for their alleged roles in encouraging the Capitol attack.
The latest cases accuse Trump of directing assault and battery; aiding and abetting assault and battery; and violating Washington, DC, laws that prohibit incitement of riots and disorderly conduct. They also bring claims under the Ku Klux Klan Act, a Reconstruction-era law that has been cited in other January 6 lawsuits against Trump and his allies.
CNN’s Tierney Sneed contributed to this report.