Bowser, who does not control the federal police force, sounded off during a press briefing on the fallout of the riot, which temporarily derailed Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden.
“Obviously it was a failure or you wouldn’t have had police lines breached and people entering the Capitol building by breaking windows and terrorizing people, the members of Congress, who were doing a very sacred constitutional requirement of their jobs,” said Bowser.
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“Clearly, there was a failure there. There’s got to be a real investigation into what happened,” she continued.
Video footage from the Wednesday riot showed hordes of Trump supporters easily overpowering Capitol Police and breaching the building, where they ran wild for hours until federal and local reinforcements arrived