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Before Capitol Riot, D.C. Mayor Rejected Federal Law-Enforcement Assistance

Posted on | January 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Before Capitol Riot, D.C. Mayor Rejected Federal Law-Enforcement Assistance

If you’re wondering how a mob so easily overwhelmed security at the Capitol on Wednesday, look no further than D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bowser sent a remarkable letter to Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, discouraging them from deploying security forces in the capital city:

As the law enforcement agency charged with protecting residents and visitors throughout the District of Columbia, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is prepared for this week’s First Amendment activities. . . .
The District of Columbia Government has not requested personnel from any other federal law enforcement agencies. To avoid confusion, we ask that any request for additional assistance be coordinated using the same process and procedures. . . .
To be clear, the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway. The protection of persons and property is our utmost concern and responsibility. MPD is well trained and prepared to lead the law enforcement, coordination and response to allow for the peaceful demonstration of First Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Well, how’d that work out, Mayor? After the chaos on Wednesday, Mayor Bowser denounced the protests as “terrorism” and said: “I think a more robust presence on the ground” would have maintained order. But she is the reason there was not “a more robust presence.”



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