Police command structure crumbled during Capitol riot

January 18, 2021 ☼ jan6

Source: AP - Link

The officers who spoke to the AP said they were given next to no warning by leadership on the morning of Jan. 6 about what would become a growing force of thousands of rioters, many better armed than the officers themselves were. And once the riot began, they were given no instructions by the department’s leaders on how to stop the mob or rescue lawmakers who had barricaded themselves inside. There were only enough officers for a routine day.

There are still a lot of questions as to why the Capitol was left in such an unguarded state. There was intelligence. There was plenty of chatter. It was ignored.