Mayor Muriel Bowser has said US President Donald Trump must be held responsible for an “ unprecedented attack on our democracy. ”
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser boldly said Thursday attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of US President Donald Trump was “clearly the result of failure” and called for an investigation into the events.
“Congress must create a non-partisan commission to understand the security failures at Capitol Hill,” Bowser said at a press conference Thursday.
Bowser, a Democrat, has frequently fought with Trump. She blamed the Republican President for the events 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 said four people died during the chaos at Capitol Hill, including a woman who was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer. Three other people died from medical emergencies and 56 police officers were injured.
During the press conference, Contee said 68 people were arrested, including 41 on the U.S. Capitol grounds for violating the 6 p.m. (11 p.m. GMT) curfew imposed by Mayor Bowser. Some of the others were arrested for carrying unauthorized or prohibited firearms.
The first round of rioters involved in the incident was due in court to face charges Thursday.
The FBI is investigating two homemade bombs that were recovered from the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committees.
DC police said the bombs were genuine and told reporters they recovered a cooler from a vehicle on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol that contained Molotov cocktails.
Bowser said police were asking the public for help in identifying the rioters, many of whom had posed for Pictures inside the Capitol and can be seen in viral videos on social media without a mask.
FBI seeks to identify individuals inciting violence in Washington, DC We accept advice and digital media describing riots or violence in and around the US Capitol on January 6. If you have any information, visit https://t.co/buMd8vYXzH.
– FBI (@FBI) January 7, 2021
She also said Wednesday’s events raised questions about the police treatment of protesters, saying security forces were more aggressive towards the Black Lives Matter protests, which erupted following the murder of George Floyd in May.
“We also need to understand why the response from federal law enforcement was so much stronger during the summer protests than in yesterday’s attack on Congress,” Bowser said.
While the number of people arrested is expected to increase, the initial number palers compared to the more than 300 people arrested by police following the June 1 protests in the District of Columbia.
In this incident, police and federal agents fired smoke cartridges, flash-bang grenades and rubber bullets to ward off White House protesters, allowing Trump to walk through Lafayette Square and wave a Bible outside historic St John’s Church.
I issued Mayor’s Order 2021-003, extending the public emergency declared earlier today for a total of 15 days, until and unless provided for by another mayor’s order.
– Major Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 7, 2021
While law enforcement has come under heavy criticism for being too aggressive in Lafayette Square, however, Capitol Police are now questioning why they haven’t done more to secure the Capitol and allowed many rioters to come out. later from the building without arrests.
Previously, Bowser had extended a 15-day public declaration of emergency, an action she said will allow her to restrict movement of people around town if necessary. President-elect Democrat Joe biden must be sworn in on January 20, 13 days from Thursday.