The panic buttons in Rep. Ayanna Pressley's office were inexplicably 'torn out' before last week's Capitol Riot, sending staff into a panic as they tried to barricade themselves inside amid the protest.
Pressley's Chief of Staff Sarah Groh has shared new disturbing details of the riot on January 6, revealing how safety protocols meant to keep lawmakers safe didn't fuction properly.
Groh said the Congresswoman and her staffers were encouraged to come to the Capitol early for the joint session before the crowds outside got too large.
'I was deeply concerned. It felt like the heat was being turned up in terms of the rhetoric and Trump’s aims to incite violence,' Groh said to the Boston Globe.
When protesters raided the building, Pressley's staffers barricaded the entrance to her office with furniture and water jugs.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Groh pulled out gas masks and scanned the room for special panic buttons, only to find them missing.
'Every panic button in my office had been torn out – the whole unit,' she recalled.
In last week's Capitol siege Rep. Ayanna Pressley and her staffers barricaded themselves in her office and searched for panic buttons in her office but they were inexplicably 'torn out'
They couldn’t find out why they were missing. Groh said she had used them before and they hadn’t switched officers since then.
Pressley's Chief of Staff Sarah Groh said she and other staffers, along with Pressley, sheltered in her office. She said she searched for panic buttons in the office but 'Every panic button in my office had been torn out – the whole unit'
Due to multiple death threats over the past two years Pressley’s office had routinely ran through safety drills and threat scenarios and were familiar with the panic buttons.
The threat of the Trump-inspired mob made Pressley fearful for several reasons.
She has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that puts her in a high-risk category for COVID-19, which she could have contracted by sheltering with other lawmakers and