The inspector general says the congressional police department was not ready for the mutiny, it needs to be monitored.
A congressional watchdog for U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday told Congress that the department needed a “cultural change” and that management’s decisions not to deploy crowd control weapons had dampened the military’s response to Capitol’s January riots.
Inspector General Michael Bolton told a House panel that Capitol police should have had a “better chance” against the crowd of pro-Trump rioters if they had used stun grenades to help stop the crowd if they had kept an eye on the Capitol building.
Police used pepper spray and sticks and did not fire guns to try to control their crowd without one exception, which was eventually pushed back by forming police in riot gear.
Appearing before the House Administration Committee, Bolton said, “Of course these attacks could have provided the department with a better approach.” “
Police leaders feared stun grenades and other “less lethal” crowd control weapons could injure and potentially kill the rioters, Bolton said. He advised Congress to recruit more police officers and invest in training and resources.
In this 104-page report In Congress, released Wednesday, Bolton painted a negative picture of the Capital Police’s ability to respond to future threats and questioned whether the force would be able to respond to larger-scale attacks.
Five people were killed in the attack A police officer And a woman who was shot by police as she tried to enter the House chamber. Three rioters died from health conditions in the riots.
The report called for sweeping changes in the force following the failure of the response, including the January uprising. Miss intelligence The Associated Press reported that the “wars” and weapons were so old that officers did not feel comfortable using them.
“In the case of cultural change, we see that the department needs to move away from the thought process as a traditional conservative police department and move in the direction of a defensive agency,” Bolton said.
“In most cases a police department is ready as a reactionary force. Since a defense agency has been posted on their training and planning, they need to be proactive in preventing incidents like January-January, ”he said.
The report details how the departmental equipment was substandard, with at least 11 different types of ammunition appearing to have been depleted.
Some equipment has not been replaced for more than a decade. The rioters were improperly preserved and were torn apart by the authorities to save them from the mob.
The weapons that could have fired tear gas were so old that officers did not feel comfortable using them. Other weapons that could have done more to disperse the crowd had never been staged before Trump’s rally near the White House, and those who were instructed to provide back-up on the front lines could not make it through the aggressive crowd.
In other cases, weapons were not used because of “leadership orders,” the document said. The report said the weapons – called “deadly deadly” because they were designed to disperse rather than kill – could help police disperse rioters as they proceeded toward the capital after Trump’s remarks.