Crime & Justice

US Capitol Police warned of Jan. 6 attack but ordered not to use full force

Madrid, Apr 14 (EFE).- The United States Capitol Police had an advance warning of violence before the January 6 attack on the Capitol building in Washington but were ordered not to respond with their maximum riot-control methods.

These findings came in a detailed report launched by the Capitol Police’s inspector general Michael A. Bolton and released by The New York Times on Wednesday.

The 104-page document, to be presented before the US Capitol on Thursday, criticized the way the police prepared for and responded to the riot.

The Capitol attack came after Donald Trump refused to admit that he lost the November 2020 presidential election to current US President Joe Biden.

Thousands of angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, breaking windows, stealing documents, and sending US lawmakers into hiding. Five people died, including one policeman.

Bolton found that the building’s security did not prepare adequately for the attack despite explicit warnings three days in advance of the threat the Trump supporters posed, and that the police were wearing defective riot gear.

The civil disturbance unit also was ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control techniques, such as stun grenades, to quell the attack, according to the report.

“Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” a threat assessment from January 3 said, according to Bolton.EFE


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