US Capitol Police ignored warnings prior to January 6, lacked adequate training

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THE POLICE FORCE OF the United States Capitol did not take into account warnings ahead of the January 6, 2021, attack on Congress, and lacked adequate training to respond to it, according to its own inspector general. These findings are presented in a 104-page report that was given to Congress on Thursday, a day after it was leaked to NBC News.

The report’s lead author is Michael A. Bolton, who serves as the inspector general of the US Capitol Police. He presented his findings on Thursday before the Committee on House Administration, which deals with the general administration of the United States House of Representatives, including matters relating to employment, safety and appropriation.

According to Bolton’s report, Capitol Police did not act on intelligence reports that gave prior warning about the propensity for violence by supporters of the so-called “Stop the Steal” movement that formed around Donald Trump in late 2020. One intelligence warning, which is quoted in the inspector general’s report, stated that the Stop the Steal movement was attracting “white supremacists, militia members and others who actively promote violence [and] may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike”.

Another intelligence report, issued on January 3, warned Capitol Police that Trump’s supporters had concrete plans to descend on the Capitol and were “actively promoting violence” with “Congress itself [as] the target”. Yet another intelligence report, issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, notified Capitol Police that maps of the Capitol Complex underground tunnel system were being circulated on online message boards frequented by Trump supporters.

The report concludes that, by the time the attack began to unfold on the afternoon of January 6, it was too late for Capitol Police force to stop it, because its personnel “lacked policies and procedures” that were needed to do so. The force was thus “severely unprepared” to deal with the mass insurrection that led to several deaths and many more injuries, the inspector general report concludes.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 16 April 2021 | Permalink

3 Responses to US Capitol Police ignored warnings prior to January 6, lacked adequate training

  1. Pete says:

    So many officials are wise after the Jan 6 event and are publishing learned reports. But who was President on Jan 6th?

    A reality that US officials have decided not to contemplate is that the US Government, including its military, security and police officials, owed their loyalty on Jan 6, 2021 to the incumbent President and Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump. Trump notoriously expected loyalty (from military, security and police officials) to himself personally, thereby ‘trumping” officials loyalty to the Constitution etc.

    In the run-up to Jan 6, any official being seen to recognize and act against what appeared to be the “storm the Capitol” plans of Trump’s OWN crowd of supporters might have found himself outed, sacked and generally discredited by Trump BEFORE Presidential authority shifted to the new President, on Jan 21.

  2. W says:

    That’s not how any of it works. In the military in particular, an illegal order is not an order and US military officers do not pledge loyalty to a President specifically for the reasons you stated. The oath of office leaves it out. Only enlisted include it but they’re subordinate. Capitol police have very little connection to the President they really serve congress and D.C.
    The reason it took so long if it were malicious interference would be in the bureaucratic way a request for the national guard would be approved. Not by the Generals. The Generals, especially Milley the JCoS expressed explicitly in the days before that they take no oath to a President. Trump certainly would have tried a military coup based on changes he made at the DoD in November, but he eventually realized he didn’t have the authority. This was one of the few elections where the military saw the warning signs about Trump and voted by plurality to support a Democrat. Officers in particular, who are educated in these areas, overwhelmingly supported Biden.

  3. Pete says:

    @W

    In terms of security officials maintaining their career prospects – its on record Trump came down hard on security officials he thought had displayed disloyalty to him personally. The tale of James Comey’s sacking is an obvious case http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_the_Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation#James_Comey

    My point is that in the lead-up to January 6, senior-coordinating security officials (FBI, Homeland Security and Secret Service) decided not to join the dots in a way that would have blocked Trump’s extremist support crowd from entering D.C.

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