First Capitol Riot Public Hearing

2/24/21 By Ashly Ibarra

Courtesy of MGN Online

Former Capitol security officials testified to Congress Tuesday about the siege on the Capitol on January 6th.

Capitol Police Chief Paul Steven Sund resigned immediately after the attack. In his opening statement, he said his team prepared for some level of violence and for some individuals to be armed.

However, nothing could have prepared them for what actually occurred.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gary Peters asked Sund about a Washington Post account that posted “the FBI Norfolk field office issued a threat report on January 5th.” Detailing violence online with quotes from protesters like “be ready to right” and  “go there ready for war.”

Sund stated that he does not remember seeing the threat warning. But shared that his team was highly prepared for any demonstration but the attack was a military-style coordinated assault. Hoping that there is an opportunity to learn lessons from the attack to prevent this from ever happening again.

Capitol Police Capt. Carneysha Mendoza told lawmakers she thinks this was a planned attack. Sharing that as a military veteran she could clearly tell the smoke being used during the attack was military-grade CS gas. “I have received chemical burns to my face that still have not healed to this day” says Mendoza.

The Police Capt. commented that even if Capitol Police had 10 times the number of officers, it would have not been enough to stop rioters.

Lawmakers stated they will use the testimonies from the hearing to determine what type of security is needed in Washington going forward.