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Lots of blame for Capitol riot

A REPORT ON THE ATTACK on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 issued by a Senate committee focused on failures by law enforcement and the military (D.C. Metropolitan Police).

The root cause of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by right-wing extremists wasn’t determined, but a bipartisan Senate report released on Tuesday found plenty that was wrong with the response to the attack.

According to The New York Times, warnings about an impending attack didn’t reach the right law enforcement officials, who in turn were disorganized and slow to react when the assault on the home of Congress was underway.

In the report, tweets and messages from extremists such as “Bring guns. It’s now or never” were noted by the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies but such concerns didn’t reach the Capitol Police.

The Associated Press reported that while those police were struggling to hold the line, they suffered “chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones” as they were overwhelmed by a mob seeking to keep Congress from certifying the Electoral College’s verdict that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had been elected president and vice president of the United States.

The report criticizes the leadership of the Capitol Police, who allegedly gave little leadership during the event, despite pleas for help, and Army leadership, which did not react quickly to release requested National Guard troops to help to resist the assault.

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