Capitol Police IG Releases Explosive Report, Unveils What Officers Were Ordered To Do On Jan. 6

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According to new reports, it has been revealed that Capitol Police Officers were instructed to refrain from utilizing their most aggressive tactics to contain the mob that took over Capitol Hill, according to The New York Times.

Michael A. Bolton picked apart the manner in which the Capitol police force acted in response to the mob.

Bolton discovered that preparations were inadequate. Bolton claims that there were explicit warnings leading up to the Capitol Hill riot.

Bolton also alleges that Capitol Hill Law Enforcement used defective protective gear.

Bolton reveals that responding leaders instructed the Civil Disturbance Unit against utilizing their greatest crowd-control assets, such as stun grenades.

Up to three days prior to the siege at the capitol, Capitol Police assessed that there was a potential for violence due to large Pro-Trump crowds.

The threat assessment stated, “Unlike previous postelection protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th.”

“Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike.”

The threat assessment continued, “Unlike previous postelection protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th.”

“Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike.”

On January 5 it was said that there were “no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress.”

Former chief of the Capitol Police stated that potential violence was “improbable.”

Bolton stated intelligence failures such as this call for “efficiently and effectively disseminating intelligence information to all of its personnel.”

The Civil Disturbance Unit was ordered not to utilize some of its most effective assets.

The Civil Disturbance Unit specializes in halting large crowds of protesters

“Heavier, less-lethal weapons were not used that day because of orders from leadership.”

Bolton suggests that the equipment that the Civil Disturbance Unit was instructed not to use could have assisted in pushing “back the rioters.”

“When the crowd became unruly, the C.D.U. platoon attempted to access the bus to distribute the shields but were unable because the door was locked.”

The Civil Disturbance Unit “was consequently required to respond to the crowd without the protection of their riot shields.”

“It is my hope that the recommendations will result in more effective, efficient, and/or economical operations,” Bolton stated.

“None of the intelligence we received predicted what actually occurred,” Capitol Police chief, Steven A. Sund stated.

“These criminals came prepared for war.”

The assessment stated, “Supporters of the current president see Jan. 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to overturn the results of the presidential election.”

“This sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent.”

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A Capitol Analyst stated, “Several comments promote confronting members of Congress and carrying firearms during the protest.”

A day prior to the Capitol Hill siege, the F.B.I. relayed the message, “Be ready to fight.”

“Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled.”

“Get violent … stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.”

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Three days before the siege, a Capitol Police intelligence assessment warned of violence from supporters of President Donald J. Trump who believed his false claims that the election had been stolen. Some had even posted a map of the Capitol complex’s tunnel system on pro-Trump message boards.

But on Jan. 5, the agency wrote in a plan for the protest that there were “no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress.” And the former chief of the Capitol Police has testified that the force had determined that the likelihood of violence was “improbable.”

Mr. Bolton concluded such intelligence breakdowns stemmed from dysfunction within the agency and called for “guidance that clearly documents channels for efficiently and effectively disseminating intelligence information to all of its personnel.”

That failure conspired with other lapses inside the Capitol Police force to create a dangerous situation on Jan. 6, according to his account. The agency’s Civil Disturbance Unit, which

Mr. Bolton’s findings are scheduled to be discussed on Thursday afternoon, when he is set to testify before the House Administration Committee. He has issued two investigative reports — both classified as “law enforcement sensitive” and not publicly released — about the agency’s shortcomings on Jan. 6. He is also planning a third report.

CNN first reported on a summary of the latest findings.

The report — titled, “Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol” — reserves some of its harshest criticism for the management of the agency’s Civil Disturbance Unit, which exists to prevent tragedies like Jan. 6. Instead, nearly 140 officers were injured, and one, Officer Brian D. Sicknick, later collapsed and died after being assaulted by rioters.

The Civil Disturbance Unit, Mr. Bolton wrote, was “operating at a decreased level of readiness as a result of a lack of standards for equipment.” In particular, Mr. Bolton focused in on an embarrassing lack of functional shields for Capitol Police officers during the riot.

Some of the shields that officers were equipped with during the riot “shattered upon impact” because they had been improperly stored in a trailer that was not climate-controlled, Mr. Bolton found. Others could not be used by officers in desperate need of protection because the shields were locked on a bus.

Mr. Bolton also said that the agency had an out-of-date roster and staffing issues.

Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California and the chairwoman of the Administration Committee, called the inspector general’s findings “disturbing” but said he had provided Congress with “important recommendations” for an overhaul.

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