Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton’s report, “Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol,” reveals that Capitol Hill police officers were advised three days before the attack not to use aggressive tactics against rioters.
“Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike,” Bolton wrote in the report.
“Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” the threat assessment said, according to the inspector general’s report.
According to The New York Times, Bolton noted in the 104-page report that the Capitol Police’s Civil Disturbance Unit was ordered not to use the most powerful tools and techniques against the rioters.
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died after being assaulted by a rioter.
“None of the intelligence we received predicted what actually occurred,” the former Capitol Police chief, Steven A. Sund, testified in February before the Senate. “These criminals came prepared for war.”
But the inspector general report makes clear that the agency had received some warnings about how Mr. Trump’s extremist supporters were growing increasingly desperate as he promoted lies about election theft.
Bolton will testify on Thursday before the House Administration Committee.