Where Was The Security?

Where Was The Security?


Yesterday, a mob of election protesters descended on the U.S. Capitol building, tearing down barriers and forcing entry as the House and Senate convened to certify the 2020 presidential results. 

One woman, a retired Air Force Veteran, was shot and killed while attempting to climb through a barricaded door, and three others died from separate “medical complications,” according to the DC Chief of Police. 

As both chambers were put on lockdown and staff members evacuated from the premises, social media was flooded with footage of rioters roaming freely through the Capitol, vandalizing busts in Statuary Hall, breaking glass display cases, and even rummaging through the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

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Though the building was soon secured, with protesters arrested or removed, many Americans were left wondering: where’s all the security?

The answer is complicated. 

Ahead of the protest, federal authorities reportedly wanted to maintain a “minimally visible presence” to “avoid inflaming tensions,” after months of violent protests and

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