Stars and Stripes 07 Jan, 2021 21:00 am

Siege of US Capitol forces hard questions

Siege of US Capitol forces hard questions
The rampage that left four dead and a country on edge is forcing a broader reckoning of all that has happened over President Donald Trump's tenure in office and what comes next for a tattered and torn nation.

Capitol Police's failure to stop the the breach by the protesters.Capitol Police defended his department's response to the storming of the Capitol, saying that officers had "acted valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in violent riotous actions." Chief Steven Sund, in his first public comment on the mayhem, said in a statement that rioters "actively attacked" Capitol police and other law enforcement officers with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants and "took up other weapons against our officers." One protester, a white woman, was shot to death by Capitol Police, and there were dozens of arrests.

, a former police chief, said it was "painfully obvious" that Capitol police "were not prepared" for what took place.Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who is the chairman of a subcommittee that overseas the Capitol police, suggested there would be leadership changes on the force.

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