WASHINGTON (AP) — A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The report obtained by The Associated Press says riot shields shattered upon impact, expired weapons couldn’t be used, training courses had been skipped, and an intelligence division had no set standards.
The watchdog report was released internally last month. It provides new details about broader security and intelligence failures that Congress has been investigating. And it provides details about conversations between officials as they disagreed on whether National Guard forces were necessary to back up the understaffed police force.
A revised timeline of the events suggests a state of fear and panic while the insurrection played out. It also details the intelligence missteps, tactical errors and bureaucratic delays that were eclipsed by the government’s failure to comprehend the scale and intensity of a violent uprising by its own citizens.