Pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol the day before
U.S. lawmakers called for a review of Capitol Police after Trump supporters stormed the building. In doing so, some congressmen praised the law enforcement response.
The calls for an investigation were led by two Democrats who will lead subcommittees in the new Congress that oversee the Capitol Police budget.
“Many videos will emerge, some of which will cause concern and some of which will show heroism. There needs to be a full investigation to find out how Capitol security was breached so quickly,” said Senator Chris Murphy.
Congressman Tim Ryan pointed to the lack of thorough preparation for the rallies.
House member Ilhan Omar added: “We spend billions of dollars on national security, and today we failed to protect our nation’s capital from lawless mobs. This is unacceptable!”
The series of events on Wednesday began with Trump speaking at a rally in Ellipse Park near the White House. The president urged his supporters to continue challenging the election results as members of Congress prepared to approve the electoral vote count.
Shortly thereafter, demonstrators stormed the Capitol building and congressmen were evacuated.
The Metropolitan Police reported that 52 people were detained and 14 police officers were injured.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a curfew that remained in effect all night. Around 9 p.m., lawmakers returned to the Capitol to resume session.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney thanked the Capitol Police, FBI, Secret Service and National Guard, praising their “professionalism and bravery.”
“I thank you for keeping us safe every day, and especially today,” he wrote on Twitter.
Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon thanked the “unsung heroes” of the Capitol: the maintenance and administrative staff.
The FBI encourages citizens to share photos, videos and information about riot instigators.
Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, the mayor of Washington extended the state of emergency for 15 days “to ensure peace and security.”
The security effort during the inauguration is led by the Secret Service, but is usually assisted by other agencies: the Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Guard.
According to the Capitol Police website, it has an annual budget of about $460 million and a staff of more than 2,300.