After seeing one of their colleagues died on Wednesday, congressional police officers were angry at the Republican congressman for refusing to acknowledge the security change that has taken place since. Come and say they would not be surprised if some lawmakers helped organize the attack.
Officials told BuzzFeed News that members of Congress often view security as an option. Even after the deadly attack last week, some Republican members refused to pass through metal detectors and pushed them past state police officers.
“Officers are fuming, and many are mumbling out of work,”; one of the more powerful officials for more than 10 years told BuzzFeed News – just as Republicans joined last night against even security measures. Basic safety At one point today, officials have set tables around metal detectors to prevent Republicans from following them.
One official said it was not uncommon for members of Congress to bring in dozens of people at once and insisted that visitors be secured in the past. The officials ‘concerns have been echoed by some Democrats who spoke about the state of security in government agencies and the members’ involvement in planning the riots.
Representative Mikie Sherrill accused some of her Republican colleagues of leading a “patrol” tour of the building before the attack, although it did not provide evidence to back up that claim, former Orlando Police Chief Agent Val Demings. Do told CNN, “If any of the members of Congress join to help organize … they have to take responsibility.”
Two officials who spoke to BuzzFeed News said it would not surprise them if lawmakers got involved. “There are some members who have been detained when the investigation reveals the whole situation,” one said.
“Let’s be clear, we’re here for Congress,” the veteran official said. “We are buffers so Congress doesn’t have to deal with the mess they’ve created in their districts, so they don’t have to deal with the public. That is our main mission – police work is the second thought. “
Capitol police officers also said they lost faith in the deal after last week’s attack. Over the weekend, two officials described the scene of the chaos at City Hall during Wednesday’s attack and the racism they faced. This prompted a third officer to open up about the depressed mood in the department, a lack of trust in leadership, and the suspicion that everything would really change.
“There will now be a vote of distrust in the administration if that happened,” said the competent official for nearly two decades. ‘Them and us’ with handling it badly. ”Town Hall police did not respond to a request from BuzzFeed News for comment.
Officials said the department appeared to be preparing for a potential attack in the meantime and Joe Biden’s launch on Jan. 20, they said they were told there would be at least 14,000 members of the National Guard. To help keep the peace This morning, the administration published a six-page intelligence assessment to officials outlining incidents they thought could have caused violence.
But as officials say they hope to better prepare for future attacks. But they are still battling the tolls that besieged last week, controlling them and their colleagues. A third officer explained how close they were to the opening of the crowd: After nearly two decades of use of force, the officer said: “I have never been physically or mentally where I felt. It was necessary to use my weapon and it took me about five seconds to do it that day. I feel legitimate about my safety and the safety of the few other officers around me because saying we are outnumbered is a bad word.
The three officials, who spoke to BuzzFeed News about the condition of anonymity for fear of punishment, blamed what happened Jan. 6 at their manager’s feet, which they said appeared to be right. The attack was without attention despite weeks of openly planning. By online collaborators The three officials said their managers put them in an impossible situation that day.
“I was angry that I was involved in the fight and luckily I didn’t get hurt very badly. But I have a colleague who was hit in the back with a pipe. He has been out since Wednesday, ”a third official said.“ I have another colleague who is cold. We recently had a suicide officer and [Officer Brian] Sicknick died, this whole thing happened, and if [management] If appropriate, I think it will help alleviate the situation doubly. ”
Veteran officials said they were outnumbered and unprepared that sometimes he had to stand helplessly while his colleagues were brutally attacked. People, ”they said,“ and it hurts me a lot because there is nothing we can do for them. There are hundreds of thousands of people on the other side of this door, and [the officers are] real [pinned] Against the wall, but we cannot open the door, because if we open the door they will be crushed and these will take over. ”
The three officials said some provisions were made ahead of Wednesday’s riots to prevent officers from being completely invaded. Usually on days when police chiefs expect a major protest or riot, they organize a demanding rally where they notify officers of the known threats and provide information on what will happen. The three officials said no such meeting took place on Wednesday morning. Individual officials pointed out that the administration had not taken “simple measures” prior to the attack, such as building temporary barriers around City Hall ahead of time.
One of the officers spoke of anger at seeing workers lay a barrier only after the attack took place.
“At 3 a.m., when we finally got the opportunity to leave after the demonstration, they had people come in to place the 8-foot barricades they have right now,” said one official. Most have had this – they spent 12 hours doing it. And you couldn’t have done this before with all the warnings these people gave them. They know the group is coming. They know the group is coming. ”
The leadership was completely absent that day, they added.
“The people above, I don’t respect them,” they said, “personally I can’t hear any phone calls. [senior officials]I mean nothing, ”said Chief Steven Sand, the officer, who was not heard on the radio that day.
With about 2,000 employees and a $ 515 million budget, officials said it has tools to prevent attacks on government agencies, intelligence money that said Trump supporters may have been violent and chiefs with expertise in policing. nurse Mass protests and events Sun, who had previously resigned, was the commander of the Washington, D.C. Special Operations Division of the Police Department. His responsibility is to oversee a dedicated “civil defense force” that responds to mass protests. As commander, he also served as a planning leader for his presidential inauguration in 2009 and 2013.
This body is overseen by the Congress itself. The Supervisory Board consists of the chief architect of the government agency and the two officers of the House and Senate.
“We all have Intel,” said one official. “There are many indications that this will be more than a routine … Is this a situation where our intelligence devices leave the ball? [management] Just say they don’t care “
Two officials, both Black, specifically compared the attacks on Wednesday to how blacks’ protests were handled this summer and said the differences were clear.
“This summer, when we had a BLM protest, everything was on deck,” one official said. “I mean, we have a lot of body and support… the number of people they have is astonishing. They have helped us a lot… on [Wednesday]None. “
“Let me say this: If the same pose was taken on a Wednesday, that was shot in the summer with the BLM protest, it would be completely different,” he added. [last Wednesday] It was the result of a mixture of arrogance and incompetence. But I also think the black and brown group is much more terrifying. [management] Than the white group I don’t want to say that But that’s just as I have a goal as I can do. ”
One of the officers said the force was “Man dominated” and “dominated by white” added that “minority officials were not treated the same”.
Officials said the incompetence on display on Wednesday was not an anomaly. But as a result of years of mishandling by the agency’s leaders, and with the extension of their highest commanding staff, the 535 members of Congress, officials describe an environment in which members of Congress are often disrespectful and act as guards. Security, or even a personal security detail, rather than sworn police officers.
Each official said the department needed a whole cultural overhaul. But one person speculated that Congress would spend more money on the issue instead of legislating real change.
“I think we might get 20% more budget because when it’s at the door of Congress and when things come they just write checks and say what you want is what you get,” said the official. One said, “there must be a complete and complete restoration of culture. But people tolerate it in any shape or form. ”
“You can’t spend money on culture,” he added. The veteran soldier thinks that transparency is not money is the answer.
“We are not required to comply with freedom of information law. How can you not be transparent? That’s incredible, ”they said, because Congress police forces report to Congress that is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, it is difficult to know what’s going on.[Transparency] Will improve this department at every level We get money from taxpayers – they should have access to everything that happens within this department within a reason. ”
In addition to Sunday, both the House and the Senate were discharged. This was a welcome move among officials who spoke to BuzzFeed News, one of whom said, “The Sergeant is full of poop.”
Another said the only reason for leadership responsibility was because the attacks were national.
“I think letting them quit is an easy way to leave,” said a veteran who has been with the department for nearly 20 years. Can take simple measures to reduce this problem “
The official said: “I have too many colleagues and friends now and it’s not right… it’s not the case, OK, this is an unfortunate situation, people are not doing their job and putting us in a situation That we were set to fail It’s not right. Sicknick is a good friend and he doesn’t deserve it. [to die]. ” ●
Kendall Taggart contributed reporting to this article.