The Capitol police had clearer warnings about the January 6 attack than was previously known, including the possibility of violence where “Congress itself is the target”. But officers have been instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold the crowd in. new report by the agency’s internal investigator.
In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized how the Capitol Police prepared and dealt with the mob violence on Jan. 6. reviewed and will be the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday.
Mr Bolton found that the agency’s leaders were not fully prepared despite clear warnings that Trump’s extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and the police used faulty protective equipment. He also discovered that the leaders had ordered their Civil Disruption Unit not to use their most powerful crowd-control tools – like stun grenades – to take the fight down. onslaught.
The report takes the most brutal account to date of the errors and miscalculations surrounding the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries.
Three days before the siege, a Capitol Police intelligence assessment warned of violence from supporters of President Donald J. Trump, who believed his false claims that the election has been stolen. Some even posted a map of the Capitol complex’s tunnel system on pro-Trump message boards.
“Unlike previous post-election rallies, the target of Trump’s supporters is not necessarily the protesters before, it is Congress that is the target on the 6th,” the assessment of said threat, according to the inspector general’s report. “Stopping the tendency to attract white chauvinists, militia members and those actively promoting The Thief’s violence could lead to a situation of considerable danger to the real agency law exams and the general public. “