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AOC says Capitol Police were 'opening the doors' for Jan. 6 rioters

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 7/14/2022 Ryan King
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tore into U.S. Capitol Police for failing to forestall the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, alleging some officers were sympathetic to the event.

Ocasio-Cortez stressed that authorities never "got to the bottom" of whether officers aided and were "opening the doors" to rioters who stormed the Capitol.

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"There were actual officers working with this, and we never got to the bottom of that, and we never got any answers about that," Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday. "I have no idea what happened to the people on the inside, who were very clearly sympathetic with what was going on and opening the doors wide open for that."

It is not clear what Ocasio-Cortez was referencing when she mentioned officers were "opening the doors" to the rioters, but dozens arrested in the riot argued in court documents that officers had either not stopped them from entering the building or never told them they weren't allowed inside.

The New York Democrat also contended that workers in the building, such as janitors, are not safe.

"I'm supposed to sit here and pretend like none of that ever happened. And then, right afterwards, you just have this idea that throwing money at that problem is going to make it go away without any accountability," she continued. "This is where these things are breaking down. We're not safe. And it's not just about members of Congress not being safe — workers aren't safe."

Earlier in the day, the congresswoman was catcalled by right-wing provocateur Alex Stein, dubbing Ocasio-Cortez his "favorite big booty Latina."

"It's just a bummer to work in an institution that openly allowed this," she said after the exchange.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the Capitol Police for comment.

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Authorities have investigated whether responding officers acted inappropriately during the riot. Last fall, the Capitol Police recommended disciplinary action against six officers for various forms of misconduct, such as failure to comply with directives and improper remarks. The recommendation was the culmination of 38 inquiries into claims of wrongdoing by officers during the riot. When investigators released that recommendation, they noted they were unable to identify officers in 26 of those cases.

Last October, Capitol Police Officer Michael Riley was indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly instructing someone to delete his or her social media footage from the riot. He was not in the building when the riot commenced because he had been responding to reports of explosive devices planted near the complex, prosecutors alleged.

 

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