Lawmakers call for investigation of Capitol Police, "total overhaul" of security following mob intrusion into U.S. Capitol

by Laura Mize · Jan 7th, 2021 2:22 pm

Last Updated Jan 8th, 2021 at 3:10 pm

Some federal lawmakers are questioning the actions of Capitol Police after a large group of rioters gained entrance into the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday as Congress met to count Electoral College votes.

"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," Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), said of Wednesday's events.

He also said the incursion into the Capitol was possible because of "enormous strategic and planning failures by the Capitol Police, by the sergeant at arms, and anybody else who was a part of coordinating this effort."

Video circulating on Twitter and TikTok seems to show Capitol Police opening barricades set up to keep people out, and letting the people pass by them and walk into the Capitol building. Ryan was asked about the footage during a Wednesday press conference and said it will be included in the investigation.

Former chief of the Capitol Police, Terry Gainer, said in an interview with NPR that "I wouldn't have bet a million dollars that would have been so easily done."

On Twitter, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) echoed the idea that the police force needs reworked.

A New York Times article about police response on Wednesday reports that an officer who was asked why authorities were not forcing protesters out responded that, "We've just got to let them do their thing now."

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told reporters that security for the upcoming presidential inauguration needs to be evaluated again, saying that Wednesday's events show that "you want to take one more really hard look at what you thought your crowd security concerns might be for Jan. 20."


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