An Ohio congressman charged with funding the Capitol Police vowed Wednesday to launch an investigation into how hundreds of President Trump supporters were able to storm U.S. Capitol buildings and run riot.
Rep. Tim Ryan said that he believed there were some 'strategic mistakes from the very beginning' after videos emerged on social media that appeared to show officers taking aside barriers for demonstrators and even taking selfies with them.
He promised that Capitol Police would face imminent firings for the 'embarrassment' that was their response to the 'attempted coup'.
'I think it's pretty clear that there's going to be a number of people who are going to be without employment very, very soon,' Ryan said, 'because this is an embarrassment — both on behalf of the mob and the president, and the insurrection and the attempted coup, but also the lack of professional planning and dealing with what we knew was going to occur.'
'You can bet your a** that we're going to get to the bottom of it,' the Ohio Democrat added.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The lack of police presence as thousands of Trump loyalists descended on D.C. on Wednesday has been questioned - as has the response from law enforcement, who has been accused of using more heavy-handed tactics with Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer.
At least 52 people were arrested Wednesday after hundreds violently broke their way into the Capitol and four people died, causing D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to enforce a a curfew from 6pm.
In comparison, there were 289 arrests made by the Metropolitan Police Department for curfew violations, riot-related burglary, and other riot-related events on June 1 alone.
On this day, the U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops had used tear gas on peaceful protesters to clear the way for a Trump photo-op outside of St John's Church sparking fury.
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Videos emerged on social media on Wednesday that appeared to show officers taking aside barriers for demonstrators and even taking selfies with them ahead of the raid
Trump supporters face off with police at the Capitol Building following the 'Stop The Steal' rally. The lack of police presence following the rally has been questionedInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
TODAY: A police officer detains a pro-Trump protester as mobs storm the U.S. Capitol. There were at least 13 arrests of people who stormed the Capitol and 30 more for curfew violations
JUNE 1: In comparison, there were 289 arrests made by the Metropolitan Police Department for curfew violations, riot-related burglary, and other riot-related events on June 1 alone. On this day, the U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops had used tear gas on peaceful protesters to clear the way for a Trump photo-op outside of St John's Church sparking fury, pictured
'If black people were storming the Capitol, they would have been treated so much differently than they were today,' Ryan said.
'I don't think there's any question that communities of color would have been handled much, much differently.'
Mayor Bowser on Wednesday night deployed the MPD to assist Capitol Police to secure Capitol buildings, which is federal ground, after it was requested assistance.
It was also revealed that Vice President Mike Pence, and not Trump, had ordered to fully activate the D.C. National Guard to help in cleaning the area as the president was accused on inciting the violence and calling on his followers to descend on the Capitol.
And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also stepped in to deploy 1,000 members of the New York National Guard to D.C. 'to aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power'.
It came as a former D.C. police chief fumed all those who broke into the building should be 'face down in handcuffs right now' as footage emerged of them walking freely from the building with a police escort.
Rep. Tim Ryan said that he believed there were some 'strategic mistakes from the very beginning' of the response to the 'coup'
Charles Ramsey, who led the Metropolitan Police Department from 1998 to 2007, told CNN that officers had to 'regain control' and 'take action' to secure the area after supporters stormed the building and violently clashed with police in a bid to stop Joe Biden's victory being certified.
The raid resulted in at least four deaths and was the first time the Capitol has been breached since the British burned the building in August 1814, according to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
'There's no way they should have gotten into that building in my opinion, but we'll look into that later that's kind of like the hogwash after the event,' Ramsey said to CNN on Wednesday evening.
'Right now, they've got to retake the capitol and they're going to have to do it using force.
'Anybody inside that building as far as I'm concerned ought to be face down in handcuffs right now,' he added.
'That's what they ought to be doing. I don't know what they're doing in there, but they need to be locking them up without question.'
Ramsey, who also served as Philly's top cop from 2008 to 2016 — the longest tenure for a Philly police commander in three decades, claimed that it was vital that the MPD brought the situation back under control and did not allow the group to hunker down before inauguration day.
'First they've got to regain control and right now they don't have control. They're going to have to take action,' he said.
Charles Ramsey, who led the Metropolitan Police Department, told CNN that officers had to 'regain control' and 'take action' to secure the area after supporters stormed the building
In a shocking video shared to TikTok, a group of Trump protesters are seen swarming through barriers after a short conversation with officers who then pull the gate aside. The group is then allowed to join with another group of demonstrators as officers walk away
The police response has been criticized after an officer was filmed taking selfies
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