Mayor Muriel Bowser says US President Donald Trump have to be held accountable for an ‘unprecedented attack on our democracy’.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned on Thursday the brazen assault on the US Capitol by supporters of United States President Donald Trump was “clearly the result of a failure” and known as for an investigation into the occasions.
“Congress must create a nonpartisan commission to understand the security failures that happened on the Capitol,” Bowser mentioned at a information convention on Thursday.
Bowser, a Democrat, has steadily sparred with Trump. She blamed the Republican president for the occasions saying: “What happened yesterday is what he wanted to happen and we must not underestimate the damage he can do to our nation and our democracy over the next two weeks.”
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee mentioned 4 individuals died throughout 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 had been injured.
During the information convention, Contee mentioned 68 individuals had been arrested, with 41 of these on US Capitol grounds for violating the 6pm (23:00 GMT) curfew imposed by Mayor Bowser. Some of the others had been arrested on expenses associated to carrying unlicensed or prohibited firearms.
The first spherical of rioters concerned within the incident was due in court docket to face expenses on Thursday.
The FBI is taking the lead on an investigation into two pipe bombs that had been recovered from the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic nationwide committees.
DC police mentioned the bombs had been genuine, and instructed reporters that they had recovered a cooler from a automobile 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 pictures contained in the Capitol and could be seen in viral movies on social media with out masks.
The FBI is searching for to establish people instigating violence in Washington, D.C. We are accepting ideas and digital media depicting rioting or violence in and across the U.S. Capitol on January 6. If you’ve gotten data, go to https://t.co/buMd8vYXzH.
— FBI (@FBI) January 7, 2021
She additionally mentioned the occasions on Wednesday increase questions on police remedy of protesters, arguing that safety forces had been extra aggressive in direction of Black Lives Matter protests, which erupted within the wake of the killing of George Floyd in May.
“We must also understand why the federal law enforcement response was much stronger at the protests over the summer than during yesterday’s attack on Congress,” Bowser mentioned.
While the variety of individuals arrested is anticipated to develop, the preliminary quantity paled 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 House, enabling Trump to stroll throughout Lafayette Square 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 this time for a complete of 15 days, till and except offered for by additional Mayoral Order.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 7, 2021
While legislation enforcement officers had been severely criticised for being too aggressive at Lafayette Square, nonetheless, the Capitol Police at the moment are going through questions on why they didn’t do extra to safe the Capitol and allowed lots 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 needed. Democrat President-elect Joe Biden is slated to take the oath of workplace on January 20, 13 days from Thursday.