Capitol Police Officers Not Given Proper Training, Gear to Prevent Riot: Portman

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    Senators probing the attack on U.S. Capitol last month heard testimony on training and equipping the Capitol Police as the former police chief of that department and other security officials testified publicly for the first time Tuesday.

    The joint hearing, part of an investigation of Jan. 6 by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Rules Committee.

    In addition to hearing from former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, senators are receiving testimony from former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger, former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and Robert Contee, the acting chief of police for the Metropolitan Police Department.

    “I think the bottom line here is that, unfortunately, our officers were not given the proper training with regard to infiltration of the building,” said Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

    “And they didn’t have the equipment necessary to push back and most importantly, to protect themselves,” he said.

    Tuesday’s hearing is the first of at least two public examinations of what went wrong that day as the Senate panels undertake a joint investigation into the security failures.

    A second hearing, expected to be held in the next few weeks, will examine the response of the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

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