US lawmakers have called for a Capitol police audit following the storming of the building by Trump supporters. At the same time, some congressmen praised the reaction of law enforcement agencies.
Calls for an investigation have been led by two Democrats who will chair the subcommittees in the new Congress overseeing the Capitol Police budget.
“There will be many videos, some of which will cause concern and some will showcase heroism. A full investigation is needed to find out how the Capitol security system was so quickly breached, ”said Senator Chris Murphy.
Congressman Tim Ryan pointed to insufficient preparation for the rallies.
Member of the House of Representatives Ilhan Omar added: “We are spending billions of dollars on national security, and today we have failed to protect the capital of our country from the lawless crowd. This is unacceptable!”
The series of events on Wednesday began with Trump’s speech at a rally in Ellipse Park near the White House. The President urged his supporters to continue challenging the election results as members of Congress prepared to approve the electoral vote count.
Soon after, demonstrators stormed the Capitol building and the congressmen were evacuated.
Metropolitan police said 52 people were detained and 14 police officers were injured.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a curfew that lasted all night. At about nine in the evening, lawmakers returned to the Capitol to resume the meeting.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney thanked the Capitol Police, the FBI, the Secret Service and the National Guard for their “professionalism and bravery.”
“I am grateful to you for keeping us safe every day, and especially today,” he tweeted.
Oregon Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer thanked the Capitol’s “unsung heroes”: service and administrative staff.
The FBI encourages citizens to share photos, videos and information on the instigators of the riots.
Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, Washington’s mayor extended the state of emergency by 15 days “to ensure peace and security.”
Security efforts during the inauguration are spearheaded by the Secret Service, but are usually assisted by other agencies: the Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Guard.
According to the website of the Capitol Police, it has an annual budget of about $ 460 million and employs over 2,300 people.