Washington (AP) — More than three months after the January 6 riots in the Houses of Parliament, Congress is still looking for ways to move forward and prevent future attacks.
The Senate has already heard testimony from law enforcement leaders responsible for the failure during the riots, but several more committees have raised the possibility of changes to the Capitol Police and the security of the Capitol Police. We are considering restructuring the unit. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last month that seven House committees would investigate the attack after diminished hopes of establishing an independent bipartisan committee.
Information continues to be revealed about what happened that day when hundreds of supporters of current former president Donald Trump broke into the Capitol to overturn the election defeat. New report from Associated Press Reveal previously unknown details About fear and panic in the building, including an emergency call from Vice President Mike Pence asking the Pentagon to clear the Capitol.
On April 2, new security concerns emerged after a man thrust his car into two parliamentary police officers outside the parliament and came out of the car with a knife.Police fatally shot a man described by his family as follows: Suffering from delusions..One of the police officers, William “Billy” Evans, died of his injury In honor On Tuesday at the Houses of Parliament Rotunda.
Congress considers failure after January 6th:
Come up with a fence
A top priority for lawmakers is to decide what to do with the tall black fence that has surrounded the Capitol since January 6. This is a clear symbol of post-attack fear and uncertainty.
Parliamentary police have already removed the outer layer of the fence that was blocking traffic and pedestrians from the area. However, most visitors cannot access the building due to the narrow inner circumference remaining.
Members of both parties rub fencing and what it represents, arguing that the Capitol should always be open to the people it represents. However, police and other security leaders have stated that they need to continue their reviews to ensure that the Capitol is safe before removing the fence.
Fix parliamentary police
The House Administration Committee, which oversees Parliamentary Police, led by California State Legislature Zoe Lofgren, held a hearing on Thursday to review reports from internal agencies investigating the mistakes made. Another committee, led by Ohio General Assembly member Tim Ryan, is investigating the riots and asking law enforcement leaders how to move forward.
Police officers in the Houses of Parliament were struck by violence on January 6 and engaged in hand-to-hand combat with violent mobs who were able to push them away and invade the building. One police officer, Brian Sicknick, died after engaging protesters, and the other died in the next few days.
Evans’ death last week was another blow to the power of morale plunge and leaders working to bring in traumatic resources. Officers are doing extra shifts and overtime due to remaining staffing issues.
“This was a very, very traumatic time for this unit,” Ryan said after Evans’ death.
In a security report commissioned by Pelosi, retired Vice Admiral Russell Honore advised Parliamentary Police to hire hundreds more police officers to improve their training and intelligence capabilities.
One of the likely changes in the coming months is the rebuilding of the Capitol security commands.
Before and during the riots, then-Parliamentary police chief Stephen Sund demanded that the decision to summon the National Guard with the House and Senate security chiefs and the Parliamentary architects be clarified. It was hampered by a series of outdated commands. Capitol Police Board. Sando and the two security chiefs were forced to resign shortly thereafter.
Members of both parties said they wanted to change the board to give more power to the police chief of the Capitol.
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Amy Klobuchar, Democratic Party, After One of the Committee’s Hearings on Riots, The “Permanent Image” She Takes on January 6th, Sando Makes Two Serjeants He said it was to seek approval of his decision. After violence has already begun. “The Capitol Police Board obviously needs some reform,” she said in March.
The Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Department of Homeland Security and Government Affairs are interviewing the riots and will publish a joint report with recommendations by the end of April, Klobuchar said.
The House Intelligence Committee is examining why Parliamentary police were not very large-scale prepared for the hundreds of Trump supporters who pushed them away and invaded. Many of the riots were openly planning their moves online.
Legislators have grilled law enforcement officers on information lost prior to the attack, including a report from the FBI field office in Virginia warning about online posts predicting a “war” in Washington. Sando said he was unaware of the report at the time, even though the FBI forwarded it to the department.
Adam Schiff of D-Calif, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, states that his committee focuses on three core questions.
The intelligence committee and six other House committees sought documents and communications from 10 federal agencies before and during the riots. Schiff’s Intelligence and Senate Judiciary Committees are also investigating the roots of domestic violent extremism.
Money for improvement
Mr Pelosi said the Democratic Party would propose additional spending after January. 6 improvements in the coming weeks. She said the bill would be designed “to strengthen the Capitol, increase staff and make decisions about fencing.”
The law, which she said was “almost ready” on Sunday, would force discussions on many of the open security questions.
In CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Pelosi said, “Make sure it’s the right amount, not more than you need, not more than you need, and prioritize it appropriately. I hope to reopen. “