Were the police overwhelmed in the assault on the Capitol or did they turn a blind eye? Some congressmen are demanding that the police intervention that allowed the assault on the Capitol be investigated. On social media, many remembered the gigantic police deployments during the recent protests of the Black Lives Matter movement and compared it to the tranquility with which the protesters took over the Capitol, one of the buildings – in theory – best guarded in the world.
The security forces had known for weeks that the demonstration of supporters of Donald Trump would be massive, however there were no police in the streets and very few in the US Congress, only members of the Capitol Police.
The comparison with the deployment on the same site on June 4, during a protest for the death of the African American George Floyd, is obvious.
Some images from this Wednesday show policemen wearing bicycle helmets trying to maintain a police barrier.
The National Guard was only deployed – having to mobilize from neighboring states and taking several – once the Capitol had been taken.
On June 4 they were everywhere, preventively.
The display was even more impressive in some state capitols, such as Utah.
It seems clear that the protesters would have thought several times before storming the United States Congress if they had encountered a similar display. And that is about the Capitol of a federal state.
For many it is another example of deep-rooted state and institutional racism. Others see the hand of Donald Trump.
52 arrests for mostly white terrorists vs. 14,000 arrests among Black Lives Matters protesters said the artist Marina.
Other netizens showed videos of the agents calmly letting the protesters into the security perimeter.
“The US Capitol hasn’t been attacked since 1812. Look at that. Look at the sedition committed by Capitol Police officers. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund is due to resign today.”
The fact is that the matter has not remained on social networks.
Congressmen call for a thorough investigation
Second White House National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger has resigned after the event. Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham and other Presidential officials are also thinking about it.
Many congressmen also wonder how the impossible could have happened and ask for a formal investigation.
Republican Zoe Lofgren, chair of the Congressional Administration Committee, says the raid raises “serious security concerns” promising that her committee will work to review the police response and its readiness.
The congressmen had to hide in their seats and were evacuated in images described by former President George W. Bush as “more typical of a banana republic.”
Republican Senator Val Demings said that it is “painfully obvious” that the Capitol police “were not prepared for today. I certainly thought we would have had a stronger show of force, that steps would have been taken early on to make sure there was a designated area for protesters at a safe distance from the Capitol. “
In an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday night, Demings said it appeared that police were woefully understaffed, adding that they “did not appear to have a clear operational plan to actually deal with” thousands of protesters who descended on Capitol Hill following complaints. Trump from a “rigged election.”
Demings said there were “a lot of unanswered questions and I’m very determined to get answers to those questions about what went wrong today.”
A police spokesman could not be reached by the AP agency for comment.
California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass said she was outraged to see on social media the story of a Capitol cop posing for a photo with a protester. “Would you take a picture with someone robbing a bank?” He asked. “I can’t imagine that if a couple thousand protesters (Black Lives Matters) had come down to the Capitol … there would be 13 people arrested.”
Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, suggested there could be leadership changes in the Capitol Police.
“I think it’s pretty clear that there are going to be a number of people who are going to be unemployed very, very soon because this is a disgrace to both the mafia, and the president, and the insurrection, and the attempted coup. But also the lack of professional planning and coping with what we knew was going to happen, “Ryan said.