That seems to be the larger question surrounding the police line breach by pro-Trump protesters in and around the Capitol building.
We can blame the president and his sycophants for egging the protests on….but what about the breach of the police line?
The US Capitol was stormed by a pro-President Trump mob Wednesday in the first mass breach of the building since British soldiers burned it in 1814—and a lot of people are asking how it was able to happen. The Capitol Police force is being accused of failing to anticipate the breach, though former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis blames “a lack of political will to control an attempted insurrection,” USA Today reports. “What happened here is a colossal failure, and I believe it’s a colossal political failure, not on the part of the police,” he says. “They were outnumbered and overrun.” The mob stormed the building, forcing lawmakers into hiding, after Trump spoke at a nearby rally and urged supporters to march to the Capitol. At least 14 police officers were injured in the violence. More:
- Former chief is mystified. Kim Dine, chief of the Capitol Police from 2012 to 2016, says he was surprised to see that people were allowed to gather on the Capitol steps before they pushed forward and overwhelmed police—and that they weren’t arrested as soon as they entered the building. “It’s like watching a real-life horror movie. I mean, we train and plan and budget every day, basically, to have this not happen, Dine tells the Washington Post. “How it happened, I can’t figure that out.” A video that went viral appears to show officers actually opening a barricade to allow protesters to move closer to the building.
- There was plenty of warning. While some law enforcement experts say it is difficult to tell when a protest could become a riot, there was plenty of warning that violence was likely on Wednesday, with Trump himself declaring that the day would be “wild,” the New York Times reports. For weeks ahead of the date, members of online “Stop the Steal” groups discussed tactics, weapons, and referred to “occupying” the Capitol.
- How it began. Politico reports that while most Trump supporters had gathered for Trump’s speech at the Ellipse, small groups started gathering near the Capitol from around 9am, though fences kept them at a distance from the building. The crowd grew to tens of thousands after Trump’s speech and hundreds, then thousands, pressed forward after supporters broke down metal barricades.
- A “stunning failure.” Ryan Cooper at the Week calls the breach a “stunning failure” and notes that there is “no doubt whatsoever that if, say, the Black Panthers tried something like this, dozens of people would now be dead, and hundreds injured.” “This crowd probably didn’t think they would get anywhere near as far as they did, but they will keep pushing until someone stops them,” he writes. “In this case, the Capitol Police have proved they are not ready to defend the legislature of the American people.”
The larger question…..why did the police stand down during the rush of protesters?
Politico reported that a current Metro D.C. officer in a public Facebook post claimed that off-duty police officers and military members were among the rioters and that they used their badges and I.D. cards to help compromise security. “If these people can storm the Capitol building with no regard to punishment, you have to wonder how much they abuse their powers when they put on their uniforms,” the cop wrote.
In an interview in New York magazine, 49-year-old Trump supporter Darinna Thompson from Pennsylvania, noted the congenial attitude police took towards fascist insurrectionists inside the Capitol, telling her interviewer, “…you should go in there, it’s beautiful. I thanked them for their hospitality; most of them are on our side, the Capitol Police.”
A reporter for the New York Times who was inside the Capitol at the time it was breached questioned a cop as to why they weren’t attempting to expel the protesters. The cop replied, “We’ve just got to let them do their thing now.”
Reality says that this response to the protesters….is unequal to the responses to BLM protests……where were the massive amount of troops/police or the combat gear or the tanks and armored vehicles?
Yes, I feel that an in-depth investigation is needed.
Let the resignations begin.
Three top security officials at the Capitol have resigned following widespread criticism of the lack of preparedness blamed for Wednesday’s breach. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has resigned effective Jan. 16, meaning he will be gone before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Politico reports. Michael Stenger, the Senate sergeant-at-arms, has been forced out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Today I requested and received the resignation of Michael Stenger, the Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, effective immediately,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday night, per the Hill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier Thursday that he planned to fire Stenger if the sergeant-at-arms was still in his post when he becomes majority leader on Jan. 20.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving had also submitted his resignation. Lawmakers criticized the lack of planning but praised rank-and-file officers. “The Capitol Police I was around did an amazing job under difficult circumstances,” Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley told CNN. “My concern wasn’t with how valiant the Capitol Police were. It was that an hour before the debate started, I looked at the throngs of people surrounding different sections of the Capitol and said, we don’t have enough security.” GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said the response should have involved warning shots and lethal force when the building was breached. “How could they fail so miserably? We’re 20 years from 9/11,” he said, per Politico. “Yesterday they could have blown the building up. They could have killed us all. They could have destroyed the government.”
Any people involved including police and service members need to to charged and prosecuted….and if a stand down order was issued that person needs to lose the job and prosecuted for aiding and abetting the commission of a crime and if convicted should be imprisoned for the duration of the sentence.
I have nothing but contempt for the police and their lack of response during the protests.
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