Capitol Hill police were instructed by supervisors not to use aggressive tactics to quell Capitol hill riots according to report
Washington, April 14 2021: A report of the Capitol Hill attacks on the 6th of January this year prepared by the Capitol Police’s internal Inspector General said Capitol Police had more intelligence about the attacks then was previously known but were instructed not to use aggressive tactics to quell the violence. A congressional hearing about the report is scheduled to take place this week.
Police were told to refrain from using their most aggressive crowd control tools such as stun grenades, according to the report. Three days before the assault the Capitol Police received an intelligence assessment warning of violence by Trump supporters. The report further states that unlike other previous post-election result protests that are usually targeted at counter protestors, this one was targeted at the Capitol itself.
Michael Bolton, the internal IG of the Capitol Police concluded that officers did not prepare for or respond adequately to the assault.
The report made recommendations, saying, “Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike.”
For the day in question, on orders from supervisors, the police unit that specializes in handling large groups of protesters was not allowed to use some of its most powerful tools and techniques against the crowd, the report is quoted as saying. Some of the shields that officers used shattered upon impact because they had not been stored under the right temperature. And some shields could not be used because there were locked on a bus, the report states.
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