DC, Capitol Police Defend Riot Response: Protesters Armed With Pipes And ‘Chemical Irritants,’ 60 Officers Injured

DC, Capitol Police Defend Riot Response: Protesters Armed With Pipes And ‘Chemical Irritants,’ 60 Officers Injured


Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police and the Capitol Police are defending their response to riots at the United States Capitol yesterday, noting that arrests are being made, suspects are being sought, and the protesters were more dangerous than they may have appeared on social media.

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund denied accusations that his department stood down in the face of a demonstration that quickly became a riot on Wednesday, telling the media that the Capitol Police did not expect what turned out to be an armed attack.

Officers “acted valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in violent riotous actions,” Sund said.

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“Rioters ‘actively attacked’ Capitol police and other law enforcement officers Wednesday with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers,” he added in a statement.

The incident, Sund said, was “unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C. Make no mistake: these

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