Congressmember slams Capitol Police for ongoing lack of transparency with lawmakers

Congressmember slams Capitol Police for ongoing lack of transparency with lawmakers
Supporters of President Donald Trump outside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, TapTheForwardAssist

It has been one week since the U.S. Capitol riots and members of Congress are still concerned about the lack of transparency from Capitol Police.

According to the Huffington Post, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) spoke during a virtual press conference about the Capitol breach and the House hearing on President Donald Trump's impeachment. During the conference, Ryan revealed lawmakers are "having a hell of a time getting information out of the Capitol Police leadership" following the civil unrest that erupted at the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6.

Despite multiple warnings about impending civil unrest in the days leading up to the electoral college certification, Capitol Police did not increase security measures to ensure the safety of lawmakers.

"We are having a hell of a time getting information out of the Capitol Police leadership," Ryan said, adding that he's had "100 conversations with rank-and-file members, but we're not getting the kind of information flow from the Capitol Police. It's an issue we've been trying to deal with, and it hasn't changed much in the last week."

He went on to express concern about the lack of communication on various ends. From leadership at the top to rank-and-file members of law enforcement, Ryan insists there are inconsistencies in communication and direction.

"The big problem was the communication from command-and-control down to the rank-and-file members... and lack of direction," Ryan said. "That's consistent with what we're experiencing now."

Ryan also noted that there are currently 20 ongoing cases involving Capitol Police with two of its officers currently suspended due to "accusations of complicity." He also stressed the importance of the law enforcement agency moving in a direction that focuses on establishing transparency and rebuilding the trust of the American public.

"We fund the Capitol Police," he continued, referring to Congress. "We, I think, deserve to know what the hell is going on. It's a black box over there."

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