Washington, D.C. Police Chief Tom Menger warned of the threat of further disturbances similar to the attack at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. “Given the fractured state of our nation, an attack like the one the department experienced on January 6, 2021, could happen again,” he said.
According to Menger, the Washington Police Department has made “over 100 significant improvements” to its preparedness. Among them is the requirement to develop an action plan in the event of demonstrations, cooperation with “dozens of law enforcement agencies” and a stronger intelligence component in police work. “Congress passed a law that gives the chief of the US Metropolitan Police the right to unilaterally declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard,” Menger added.
On January 6, 2021, supporters of former US President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol, blocking Congress for several hours. Five people died during the riots. Many were injured, including 138 policemen. After the protesters were escorted out of the building, the congressmen endorsed Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Hundreds of people in the US were subsequently arrested on charges related to their involvement in the attack on the Capitol.