Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how regulation enforcement dealt with Wednesday’s violent breach on the Capitol, questioning whether or not a scarcity of preparedness allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the constructing.
US Capitol Police, who’re charged with defending Congress, turned to different regulation enforcement for assist with the mob that overwhelmed the complicated and despatched lawmakers into hiding. Both regulation enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants throughout the hours lengthy occupation of the complicated earlier than it was cleared Wednesday night.
Four folks died, considered one of them a girl who was shot and killed contained in the Capitol. Three different folks died after struggling “medical emergencies” associated to the breach, stated Robert Contee, chief of town’s Metropolitan Police Department.
Police stated 52 folks had been arrested as of Wednesday evening, together with 26 on the Capitol grounds. Fourteen police officers had been injured.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, stated the breach “raises grave security concerns,″ adding that her committee will work with House and Senate leaders to review the police response — and its preparedness.
Lawmakers crouched under desks and donned gas masks while police futilely tried to barricade the building when people marched to the Capitol from a rally near the White House in support of President Donald Trump. Washington’s mayor instituted an evening curfew in an attempt to contain the violence.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a former police chief, said it was “painfully obvious” that Capitol police “were not prepared for today. I certainly thought that we would have had a stronger show of force, that there would have been steps taken in the very beginning to make sure that there was a designated area for the protesters in a safe distance from the Capitol.’‘
In an interview with MSNBC Wednesday night, Demings said it appeared police were woefully understaffed, adding that “it did not seem that they had a clear operational plan to really deal with” 1000’s of protesters who descended on the Capitol following Trump’s complaints of a “rigged election.’‘
The rioters were egged on by Trump, who has spent weeks falsely attacking the integrity of the election and had urged his supporters to come to Washington to protest Congress’ formal approval of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The protests interrupted those proceedings for nearly seven hours.
The mob broke windows, entered both the Senate and House chambers and went into the offices of lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Demings said there were “a lot of unanswered questions and I’m damn determined to get answers to those questions about what went wrong today.’‘
A police spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment late Wednesday.
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said she was outraged to see accounts on social media of a Capitol Police officer posing for a photo with a protester. “Would you take a selfie with someone who was robbing a bank?” she requested. “I can’t imagine if a couple of thousand of (Black Lives Matters) protesters had descended on the Capitol … that there would be 13 people arrested.”
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, instructed there could possibly be management adjustments on the Capitol police.
“I think it’s pretty clear that there’s going to be a number of people who are going to be without employment very, very soon because this is an embarrassment both on behalf of the mob, and the president, and the insurrection, and the attempted coup, but also the lack of professional planning and dealing with what we knew was going to occur,” Ryan stated.