Mayor Muriel Bowser says US President Donald Trump should be held accountable for an ‘unprecedented assault on our democracy’.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned on Thursday the brazen attack on the US Capitol by supporters of United States President Donald Trump was “clearly the results of a failure” and referred to as for an investigation into the occasions.
“Congress should create a nonpartisan fee to know the safety failures that occurred on the Capitol,” Bowser mentioned at a information convention on Thursday.
Bowser, a Democrat, has continuously sparred with Trump. She blamed the Republican president for the occasions saying: “What occurred yesterday is what he needed to occur and we should not underestimate the harm he can do to our nation and our democracy over the following two weeks.”
Metropolitan Police Division Chief Robert Contee mentioned 4 individuals died in the course of the chaos on the Capitol, together with one lady who was shot by a Capitol Police officer. Three different individuals died due to medical emergencies, and 56 law enforcement officials have been injured.
Throughout the information convention, Contee mentioned 68 individuals have been arrested, with 41 of these on US Capitol grounds for violating the 6pm (23:00 GMT) curfew imposed by Mayor Bowser. Among the others have been arrested on prices associated to carrying unlicensed or prohibited firearms.
The primary spherical of rioters concerned within the incident was due in courtroom to face prices on Thursday.
The FBI is taking the lead on an investigation into two pipe bombs that have been recovered from the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic nationwide committees.
DC police mentioned the bombs have been genuine, and instructed reporters that they had recovered a cooler from a car on US Capitol grounds that contained Molotov cocktails.
Bowser mentioned the police are asking the general public for assist in figuring out rioters, lots of whom posed for photos contained in the Capitol and may be seen in viral movies on social media with out masks.
The FBI is in search of to establish people instigating violence in Washington, D.C. We’re accepting ideas and digital media depicting rioting or violence in and across the U.S. Capitol on January 6. When you have data, go to https://t.co/buMd8vYXzH.
— FBI (@FBI) January 7, 2021
She additionally mentioned the occasions on Wednesday elevate questions on police remedy of protesters, arguing that safety forces have been extra aggressive in direction of Black Lives Matter protests, which erupted within the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Might.
“We should additionally perceive why the federal regulation enforcement response was a lot stronger on the protests over the summer time than throughout yesterday’s assault on Congress,” Bowser mentioned.
Whereas the variety of individuals arrested is anticipated to develop, the preliminary quantity paled as compared with the greater than 300 individuals arrested by police following the June 1 protests within the District of Columbia.
In that incident, baton-swinging police and federal brokers fired smoke canisters, flash-bang grenades and rubber bullets to drive protesters farther from the White Home, enabling Trump to stroll throughout Lafayette Sq. and maintain up a Bible in entrance of historic St John’s Church.
I’ve issued Mayor’s Order 2021-003, extending the general public emergency declared earlier at present for a complete of 15 days, till and until offered for by additional Mayoral Order.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 7, 2021
Whereas regulation enforcement officers have been severely criticised for being too aggressive at Lafayette Sq., nonetheless, the Capitol Police at the moment are dealing with questions on why they didn’t do extra to safe the Capitol and allowed most of the rioters to later exit the constructing with out arrests.
Earlier, Bowser prolonged a public emergency declaration for 15 days, an motion she mentioned will permit her to limit peoples’ actions across the metropolis if essential. Democrat President-elect Joe Biden is slated to take the oath of workplace on January 20, 13 days from Thursday.