The police department that are sworn to protect the nation’s capital are about to under go microscopic review …
So far they have had 4 deaths and 17 arrests….
(52 additional arrests in the District by Wash DC police officers)
They lost their house today….
On National TV….
Their house is the office of the Congress of the United States of America ….
The department was overwhelmed by thousands of protesters sent at them from the President of the United States to overrun their posts….
The protestors were sent to get into the Congress to try to stop the acceptance of Joe Biden becoming President…
Something has to be explained on the police level…
But also on some many other levels …
Something like this hasn’t happened since 1817…..
Was it a color thing?
Was it something police reform?
Was it about manpower?
Was it about the departments culture?
Was it about bad command or intelligence?
There are going to be a lot of questions and something like this should NOT occur like this again if possible….
Nobody stopped them — and some officers were captured on videos appearing to stand back as rioters streamed inside.
On Wednesday, while police were still struggling to eject the last intruders from the Capitol, current and former law enforcement officials said it appeared the U.S. Capitol Police and other agencies had failed to anticipate the size and intentions of the crowd that Trump urged to march up Pennsylvania Avenue to where lawmakers were gathered.
On the streets of Washington, federal law enforcement agencies and the National Guard — which had been intimidatingly visible during protests this summer following the death of George Floyd — kept a much lower profile.
And at the Capitol itself, police had set out low barriers and officers were largely in street uniforms, not riot gear. All were prepared to confine a protest, but not to deter an attack, law enforcement officials said.
Law enforcement experts said they were mystified by the tactics that police used once the mob was already inside the Capitol.
One woman was shot and killed by Capitol police as officers tried to stop a group from penetrating the building, according to two law enforcement officials, who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe security operations.
But other police seemed to stand by, observing the disorder instead of stopping it: One image posted on social media showed an officer taking a selfie with one of the intruders, and a video seemed to show officers opening the security fence to let Trump supporters closer.
Police did not appear to try to detain the rioters, allowing them to leave unhindered. One even held a woman’s hand to steady her on the Capitol steps….