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U.S. Capitol Police probe finds widespread shortcomings ahead of deadly Jan. 6 assault

PoliticsApr 14, 2021 06:25PM ET
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By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A law enforcement internal probe of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol found significant shortcomings within the police department charged with securing the complex and made dozens of recommendations for avoiding a repeat of the violence.

The U.S. Capitol Police inspector general, in two reports submitted to Congress last month, focused on "deficiencies" within the police department's unit that handles civil disturbances, along with poor coordination and training within its intelligence operations.

Summaries of the two reports were reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday.

The House of Representatives Administration Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Thursday with Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton testifying.

On Jan. 6, as Congress was attempting to certify Joe Biden's election victory, supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, injuring scores of police officers.

That came shortly after Trump rallied his supporters and urged them to fight to stop the certification of Biden's win.

It took hours for police, battling the rioters, to restore order to the Capitol. Five people died as a result of the violence, including a Capitol Police officer.

The inspector general found the department's Civil Disturbance Unit was operating that day "at a decreased level of readiness." It also said the department had to do a better job of ensuring that weapons and ammunition, as well as riot shields, are properly maintained and supplied to officers.

The department in a statement said it "fully agrees" with many of the recommendations but it would need additional funding to implement them.

In early March, a task force headed by retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré made similar recommendations and called for the creation of a quick-reaction force in Washington to deploy to similar disturbances.

U.S. Capitol Police probe finds widespread shortcomings ahead of deadly Jan. 6 assault
 

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Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu Apr 15, 2021 6:21AM ET
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How about Pelosi denying the chief of police the reinforcements he had adked days before?
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Apr 15, 2021 4:19AM ET
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"Decreased level of readiness" ahead of a day that even the most uninformed person in the US could have said would be hectic. That is not just a failure on the part of security, that is a setup. Leave the doors wide open, and all of 20 officers to handle a crowd of thousands and even Coachella would turn into a "siege".
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 15, 2021 3:14AM ET
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Regardless, those people who attacked the american capital are anything but american.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 15, 2021 3:14AM ET
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go home!
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 15, 2021 3:14AM ET
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these are real patriots. the violent ones are from antifa
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Apr 15, 2021 3:14AM ET
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Silence Dogood Go back to your trailer! We have guns too.
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Apr 14, 2021 9:16PM ET
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Carrying the confederate flag and call yourself a patriot... That is laughable. Sign a veteran.
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Apr 14, 2021 9:16PM ET
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The one giving a thumb down is probably a ****
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 14, 2021 7:58PM ET
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NOT ONE WEAPON WAS TAKEN INTO THE CAPITAL THAT DAY. NOT ONE! Fake news!
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 14, 2021 7:58PM ET
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Suppose that man hitting thst police officer with a weapon was just peoples imaginations
SPY on GLD
SPY on GLD Apr 14, 2021 7:26PM ET
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The only “deadly assult” was against Ashli Babbitt and her *****was not charged
Don Burris
Don Burris Apr 14, 2021 7:03PM ET
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what a terrible misleading headline. There was no assault on the Capitol. But there have been multiple assaults all over the country from BLM and left wing hate groups ***and destroying property.
Travon Howard
Travon Howard Apr 14, 2021 7:03PM ET
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No assault on the Capitol? Interesting. Black Lives Matter. Good day.
CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES Apr 14, 2021 6:36PM ET
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Nobody cares. Why don’t you talk about the dollar collapse and hyperinflation that is coming?
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 14, 2021 6:36PM ET
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A cheaper dollar is destruction for your chinese overlords chad “wong” tendies
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They are all traitors against america. No real american would attack the american capital the way they did. Trump destroyed their lives convincing them to do so.
Yankee Steve
Yankee Steve Apr 14, 2021 3:44PM ET
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What armed insurrection? Where id the firearms? All i see is a bunch of flag touting protestors. Two police officers committed suicide the next day. One died of heart attack the next day and two protestors too died if heart attack. One veteran protestor was shop by CHP while trying to climb the door, there were policemen behind her too.
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CatholicMan Apr 14, 2021 3:22PM ET
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This article has some factual errors. The rioting at the capitol started during President Trump's speech. I know people who were there. The rioters were NOT people coming from the speech, but were some other group, possibly not even Trump supporters.
Joel Hauser
Joel Hauser Apr 14, 2021 1:50PM ET
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Hang those traitors.
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Son, you can get off the internet now
 
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