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Capitol Police Left ‘Naked’ Despite Many Early Warnings

Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Despite ample warnings about pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, US Capitol Police did not bolster staffing on Wednesday and made no preparations for the possibility that the planned protests could escalate into massive violent riots, according to several people briefed on law enforcement’s response.

The revelations shed new light on why the Capitol police were so quickly overrun. The department had the same number of officers in place as on a routine day. Once the mob began to move on the Capitol, a police lieutenant issued an order not to use deadly force.

Officers are sometimes ordered against escalating a situation by drawing weapons if superiors believe doing so could lead to a stampede or a shootout. In this instance, it also left officers will little ability to resist the mob. “They were left naked,” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Ca., said of police officers in an interview with the AP.

The crowd that arrived in Washington on Wednesday was no surprise. Police leaders, however, had prepared for a free speech demonstration. No fencing was erected outside the Capitol and no contingency plans were prepared, according to people briefed. Those decisions left the officers policing the Capitol like sitting ducks, the officials said, with little guidance and no cohesive plan on how to deal with the flood of rioters streaming into the building.

The rioters had more equipment and they weren’t afraid to use it, said Ashan Benedict of the ATF. “They had apparently more bear spray and pepper spray and chemical munitions than we did,” he said. “We’re coming up with plans to counteract their chemical munitions with some of our own less-than-lethal devices, so these conversations are going on as this chaos is unfolding in front of my eyes.”

Edited via Newser

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2 Responses to Capitol Police Left ‘Naked’ Despite Many Early Warnings

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    January 13, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Is it just me who thinks the cries of “defund the police” have grown quiet? I really regret having sold dad’s old Remington 870. I just learned that flame throwers are not illegal and are still available. Just the thing for clearing out the undergrowth and keeping the driveway clear of subhumans.

  2. jess Reply

    January 11, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Now they have to beef up numbers, due to other idjits going to disrupt Biden and Harris’ inauguration. Heard the they are also going to protest at state capitols around the country.

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