Stars and Stripes stripes.com 12 Jan, 2021 03:15 am

Defense Department faces scrutiny over delay in deploying Guard to quell Capitol riot

Defense Department faces scrutiny over delay in deploying Guard to quell Capitol riot
The Defense Department is facing scrutiny over its role in the events at the Capitol last week, after the District of Columbia government and Capitol Police accused Pentagon officials of slow-walking an emergency call for National Guard reinforcements as rioters threatened to breach the building.

ARMY WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is facing scrutiny over its role in the events at the Capitol last week, after the District of Columbia government and Capitol Police accused Pentagon officials of slow-walking an emergency call for National Guard reinforcements as rioters threatened to breach the building.The Defense Department has said the Capitol Police, the law enforcement body that protects the U.Steven Sund, who stepped down in recent days from his post as chief of the Capitol Police, said in an interview with The Washington Post that he personally did not have knowledge of outreach to the Capitol Police from the Pentagon offering help from the D.Capitol Police official had circled back and articulated "no requests for DOD support.

and Capitol Police officials has centered on a phone call about 2:30 p.The three-star general said Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy left the room to obtain approval for the Guard's full activation from acting defense secretary Christopher Miller as soon as McCarthy heard the urgent request from the Capitol Police.

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