Military vehicles are seen driving in central Washington, as the U.S. Capitol police chief says his department is probing its much-criticized response to the storming of the legislative building by supporters of President Donald Trump.
READ MORE: Washington officials have joined U.S. lawmakers in calling for an investigation of the police force that protects the Capitol, while offering praise for their actions, after Wednesday’s storming of the seat of the country’s legislative branch by a mob of pro-Trump supporters.
Video shared on social media and by news organizations shows Capitol Police officers overwhelmed by the vastly larger crowds pushing past waist-high barricades and evading officers who failed to halt their progress. Other participants scaled walls and smashed windows to get inside.
Other video posted to social media showed some Capitol Police officers opening barricades for Trump backers and even taking pictures with them inside the building.
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut took to Twitter to call for a full investigation of how security was breached so quickly. Murphy is the ranking Democrat on the Senate subcommittee that oversees the Capitol Police and is likely to chair the panel in the new Congress.