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The FBI asked for the public’s help to identify those who were involved in breaching the Capitol. Attorneys across the country pledged to charge any from their state who violated federal laws. Four people are dead, 69 have been arrested, and 50 D.C. Police officers were injured since Wednesday, including one in critical condition. D.C. police released photos of several people described as persons of interest and said a $1,000 reward may be available for information leading to their arrests and convictions.
Federal agents have installed a 7-foot, non-scalable wall around the U.S. Capitol that will remain in place for 30 days, with 6,200 National Guard members on alert. D.C. will remain in a state of emergency through Inauguration Day. Photos show broken windows and ransacked offices throughout the building.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said in a statement that rioters attacked law enforcement officers with metal pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons. He added that the actions of Capitol Police officers were heroic given the situation they faced.
Some critics of law enforcement’s response highlighted what they saw as a stark double standard compared to police actions amid demonstrations against racial injustice over the summer. “You can be arrested for walking while Black, but you can be white and riot and basically get away with it,” said Attica Scott, a Kentucky state representative arrested on felony charges that were later dropped during protests over the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Between May 1 and November 28, 2020, authorities were more than twice as likely to attempt to break up a left-wing protest than a right-wing one, based on data catalogued by the nonprofit Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers pledged to investigate how law enforcement handled the violent breach at the Capitol and whether a lack of preparedness allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he will fire Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Stenger when Democrats take the majority later this month. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said the breach “raises grave security concerns.” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said the breach requires another look at the crowd security plans for Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser echoed lawmakers’ statements and reiterated calls for statehood, saying that it would have removed restrictions for deploying the National Guard during Wednesday’s unrest. In addition, she called on Congress to create a nonpartisan commission to “understand the catastrophic security failures” at the Capitol.
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The catastrophic police failure at the US Capitol, explained – Vox – 1/7/2021
Despite clear warning signs from Trump and his supporters — and the fact that city officials were on high alert — Capitol Police did not prepare for the size or violence of the crowd. Relaying conversations he’d had with police officials, Rep. Ryan told reporters the threat assessment done by law enforcement seriously underestimated the potential threat.
FBI Director And Acting Attorney General Vow To Prosecute Capitol Hill Rioters – Daily Caller – 1/7/2021
Both Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director Christopher Wray vowed Thursday to arrest and prosecute the rioting mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters that laid “siege” to the United States Capitol complex on Wednesday. Rosen noted that the nation watched Wednesday’s events unfold in a state of “disbelief.”
How Federal Response At Capitol Differed From June Protests – Washington DC Patch – 1/7/2021
Chief Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department was asked if his officers had been showing restraint early on Wednesday night in enforcing the curfew compared with how the department enforced curfews back in June. “We had to contain the situation that we were dealing with,” Contee said of MPD’s response Wednesday night at the Capitol.
Where Was The Security? – The Daily Wire – 1/7/2021
Ahead of the protest, federal authorities reportedly wanted to maintain a “minimally visible presence” to “avoid inflaming tensions,” after months of violent protests and riots in cities across America. Despite advanced knowledge of the impending protest, United States Capitol Police — the federal law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the complex — declined to request additional support ahead of time from the Department of Homeland Security, according to one senior official.
In America, Leftist Protesters Get Violently Beaten and Arrested. Right-Wing Protesters Get to Take the Capitol. – Jacobin – 1/7/2021
The rows of militarized police that were ready and waiting for racial justice protesters last summer seemed strangely absent from yesterday’s event, their meager forces easily overwhelmed. The police that once gratuitously shoved an elderly protester to the ground and gave him a brain injury now carefully escorted a protester by the hand down the Capitol steps. Police let protesters take selfies with them, punch them, and at one point opened a gate to let them through to the Capitol, all while dutifully continuing to arrest journalists.
Don’t Give the Capitol Rioters Power Over Tech and Policing Policy – Reason – 1/7/2021
Because the groups who broke into Congress yesterday organized through online platforms, or were motivated to organize by information on them, people with perpetual axes to grind against social media want to put the blame on Big Tech. […] Attaching magical significance and responsibilities to particular platforms may make people feel like they’re Doing Something to address a confusing and distressing situation, and it may hit at entities that mainstream politicians and their tribes love to loathe anyway. But it doesn’t address any root causes.
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