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US Capitol Police watchdog issues scathing report on January 6 failures

US Capitol Police watchdog issues scathing report on January 6 failures

Washington (CNN)The United States Capitol Police's Inspector General has issued a scathing preliminary report about the department's "deficiencies" leading up to the January 6 riot that left five people dead and nearly 140 law enforcement officers injured.A source familiar with the report told CNN that Inspector General Michael Bolton found that the department failed to send out intelligence the agency possessed as early as December 30 suggesting January 6 protestors may have been "inclined to become violent," adding that the department did not prepare a detailed plan directing all aspects...

Apr 1
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Justice Department charges Capitol rioter who allegedly tased and assaulted officer with flagpole

Justice Department charges Capitol rioter who allegedly tased and assaulted officer with flagpole

(CNN)The Justice Department has charged a Capitol rioter who allegedly tased DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who later about how he pleaded with the pro-Trump mob to spare his life.In court documents unsealed Wednesday, federal prosecutors said Daniel Rodriguez used an "electroshock weapon" and a flagpole to assault an officer named "M.F." from Washington DC's Metropolitan Police Department. A law enforcement source confirmed to CNN that the initials are a reference to Fanone.Fanone has previously said he was tased several times in the neck, beaten with a flagpole and heard...

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Jan 15
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Key House chairs request wide range of documents on Capitol riot

Key House chairs request wide range of documents on Capitol riot

(CNN)House committee chairs are requesting documents and communications from before, during and after from a wide range of entities, including the White House, federal agencies, local law enforcement and the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms.The committees are documents and communications prior to January 6 regarding the counting of the Electoral College votes, discussion of potential demonstrations or violence leading up to the insurrection and the subsequent discussion through January 20 about the aftermath.Notably, the committees have also asked the White House for documents and...

Mar 26
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Capitol Police plans to remove outer fence and make other security changes

Capitol Police plans to remove outer fence and make other security changes

(CNN)The US Capitol Police intends to reduce perimeter fencing and is considering scaling back the National Guard presence at the Capitol as law enforcement forces examine how to protect against threats amidst a tense political climate and that the suggestions for long-range security are excessive. The measures, outlined in an internal email, include removing the outer perimeter of the fence along the Capitol grounds within the next two weeks and using bike racks positioned in double rows outside some areas within one week to create a barrier between police and potential threats, giving...

Mar 4
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Capitol Hill security increased and House session canceled amid warnings about March 4 conspiracies

Capitol Hill security increased and House session canceled amid warnings about March 4 conspiracies

(CNN)US officials on Wednesday alerted lawmakers to a potential threat against the US Capitol on March 4, for which security has been enhanced as a precaution, less than two months after the Capitol complex was stormed and lawmakers' lives were threatened by rioters.The House changed its voting schedule in light of Capitol Police warning about the security risks, deciding to hold a vote on Wednesday night rather than Thursday as planned.Information provided by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned of increased chatter among extremists, including members of , discussing...

Mar 3
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Capitol Police chief warns militia groups want to 'blow up the Capitol' when Biden addresses Congress

Capitol Police chief warns militia groups want to 'blow up the Capitol' when Biden addresses Congress

(CNN)Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman warned Thursday that militia groups involved in the January 6 insurrection want to "blow up the Capitol" and "kill as many members as possible" when President Joe Biden addresses Congress.Pressed by House lawmakers to provide a timeline for removing the razorwire fencing and other enhanced security measures installed after the US Capitol attack, Pittman said law enforcement remains concerned about threats by known militia groups "with a direct nexus to the State of the Union" address. "We know that members of the militia groups that were...

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Feb 25
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6 Capitol Police officers suspended, 29 others being investigated for alleged roles in riot

6 Capitol Police officers suspended, 29 others being investigated for alleged roles in riot

(CNN)Six US Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay, and 29 others have been placed under investigation, for their actions in the , a department spokesman said Thursday."Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has directed that any member of her department whose behavior is not in keeping with the Department's Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline," department spokesman John Stolnis told CNN. CNN reported in January that the USCP had placed at least 10 officers under investigation, and two others had been suspended.One of the suspended officers took a selfie with someone who...

Jan 8
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New radio and video footage from Capitol riot shows a coordinated attack and officers' restraint

New radio and video footage from Capitol riot shows a coordinated attack and officers' restraint

(CNN)New police radio dispatches and security footage from the January 6 US Capitol riot paint an even sharper picture of how the at times showed little fear of the police as they launched a large and coordinated attack.CNN reviewed more than 800 videos and audio files, including radio dispatches and security footage, that the House impeachment managers obtained and submitted as evidence for former President Donald Trump's .The House impeachment team obtained the surveillance videos from Capitol Police and the radio transmissions from Washington, DC's Metropolitan Police for the trial,...

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Feb 11
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Shell-shocked and angry: Inside the Capitol Police force a month after the deadly attack

Shell-shocked and angry: Inside the Capitol Police force a month after the deadly attack

Washington (CNN)Nearly a month after the , the US Capitol Police force remains in turmoil, with union officials preparing an unprecedented "no confidence" vote in the department's leadership, and rank-and-file officers still reeling from the physical and psychological effects of the attack.  The fallout from the insurrection has been compounded by the during the fight, another officer's  and a Covid of people within the Capitol Police. More than 100 officers are still nursing significant physical wounds and countless others are dealing with the psychological trauma of the day -- all while...

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Feb 3
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US Capitol Police union blasts leadership for 'unconscionable' lack of preparation leading up to riot

US Capitol Police union blasts leadership for 'unconscionable' lack of preparation leading up to riot

Washington (CNN)The union representing rank-and-file US Capitol Police officers said Wednesday it is "angered and shocked" by statements its current leader about what was known in the lead up to the January 6 riots, adding that an "unconscionable" lack of preparation led to officers dying and being injured. During a closed-door briefing on Tuesday, acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told a congressional committee that she and department leaders were aware that there was potential for violence days before the assault on the US Capitol and took blame for the attack.In statement...

Jan 27
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