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Inspector general told the National Assembly police department was not well prepared for the uprising, need a comprehensive overhaul.

A congressional oversight for the US Capitol Police told Congress on Thursday the agency needed a “cultural change” and management’s decisions not to deploy crowd control weapons. reduced the force response to the January 6 riots at the Capitol.

Inspector General Michael Bolton told a House panel that the Capitol Police would have a “better chance” against the rioting crowd supporting Trump, who flooded the Capitol building if they used stun grenades. to help push back the crowd.

The police used tear gas cans and batons, and, except in one case, did not fire to try to control the crowd, were eventually pushed back by police squad in riot attire.

“It will certainly give the suite a better stance to repel these attacks,” Bolton said in an appearance before the House Management Committee.

Police leaders fear stun grenades and other “less lethal” crowd control weapons will injure and potentially kill rioters, Bolton said. He recommended that Congress hire more police officers and invest in training and resources.

In one The 104-page report Before Congress announced on Wednesday, Bolton painted a negative picture of the Capitol Police’s ability to respond to future threats and raised doubts as to whether the force could respond to another large-scale attack or not.

Five people died in the attack included a police officer and a woman was shot by police while trying to enter the chamber of the House. The three rioters died from a state of disarray.

The report calls for sweeping changes in the force following widespread failures in its response to the January 6 uprising, including miss intelligence the prediction of a “war” and the weapons were so old that officers were uncomfortable using them, the Associated Press reported.

“With regards to cultural change, we feel that the department needs to step away from the thinking process like a traditional police department and move into the posture of a guard agency,” said Bolton.

“The majority of the police department is considered a reactionary force. In the meantime, a protective body is arranged, during their training and planning, to proactively stop events such as January 6, ”he said.

US Capitol Police try to fend off a crowd of President Donald Trump’s supporters as one of the rioters tries to use a flag as a spear as they burst into the Capitol on Jan. 6 [File: Leah Millis/Reuters]

The report details how the set’s equipment was substandard, including at least 11 different types of ammunition that appeared to have expired.

Some equipment has not been replaced in more than two decades. Riot shield was improperly stored and shattered on impact as officers fought off violent mobs

The weapons that could shoot tear gas were so old that the officers were uncomfortable using them. Other weapons that could do more to disperse the crowd were never held before a Trump rally was held near the White House, and those ordered to resupply the frontline were insurmountable. through the ferocious crowd.

In other cases, the weapon was not used because of “leadership orders,” the document said. According to the report, those weapons – known as “less lethal” because they are designed to disperse rather than kill – could help police repel rioters as they move toward. Capitol power after Trump’s speech.



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