Politico: The top House appropriator charged with funding the Capitol Police vowed Wednesday to investigate the law enforcement response to the violent mob that overtook the Capitol building and alluded to firings to come among the force.
“I think it’s pretty clear that there’s going to be a number of people who are going to be without employment very, very soon,” Ryan said, “because this is an embarrassment — both on behalf of the mob and the president, and the insurrection and the attempted coup, but also the lack of professional planning and dealing with what we knew was going to occur.”
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) says firings inside Capitol Police force are imminent after security failures that put highest levels of government at risk https://t.co/eIFgyw5xHw— POLITICO (@politico) January 7, 2021
“You can bet your ass that we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” the Ohio Democrat said.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said the breach of the Capitol “was a coup attempt instigated by President Trump” and that “everyone who has aided and abetted him for the past four years bears responsibility for today’s violence.”
A short video appears to show a Capitol Police officer taking a selfie with a rioter inside the building. It’s unclear what prompted, or followed, the interaction. https://t.co/WQlSyPK643— CNN (@CNN) January 7, 2021
Lawmakers are questioning how rioters were so easily able to breach the building at the heart of the U.S. government, storming the Senate floor and leaving lawmakers, reporters and staff taking cover in the House chamber as the rioters tried to break down the doors.
Ryan noted video footage that went viral of Capitol Police officers allowing rioters past fencing in order to access the building. “I have no idea why that would be permissible,” he said. “That’s unacceptable. … We’ll be looking at all of that.”
The police response to the pro-Trump protesters was milder than the law enforcement tactics employed when officers used tear gas and rubber bullets in response to Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer.