56 WASHINGTON, D.C. COPS HURT IN TRUMP-INSTIGATED RIOT
At least 56 Washington police officers were injured on Wednesday as they tried to push back hundreds of people who rushed the Capitol, the chief of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department said, Nicholas Bogel-Borroughs reported for the New York Times.
Chief Robert J. Contee said his officers had answered the call for help from the US Capitol Police, whose officers were overrun by supporters of President Trump on their way into the Capitol. The chief of the Capitol Police said earlier on Thursday that several of his officers had been hospitalized with serious injuries.
“What we did do is restore democracy for all of America,” Contee said at a news conference on Thursday morning in which he and Mayor Muriel Bowser provided more details on the attack on the Capitol. At least 68 people had been arrested.
Only one of those people were from Washington and eight were women, he added. Aside from the woman shot and killed by a US Capitol Police officer on Wednesday, three other people died near the Capitol of medical emergencies.
Ms. Bowser, a Democrat, called the storming of the Capitol “textbook terrorism” and noted that the police response to racial justice protesters over the summer seemed “much stronger” than on Wednesday.
Asked about the actions of Capitol Police officers, Ms. Bowser had harsh words. “Obviously it was a failure or you would not have had police lines breached and people entering the Capitol building by breaking windows,” she said.
Ms. Bowser urged the new Congress to pass a bill within its first 100 days to make Washington D.C. a state, and she also asked that the D.C. National Guard be put under her control and not under the president’s.
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