Chief of Police Robert J. Contee for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington d.c. on Declaring a Riot at the u.s. Capitol.

January 7, 2021

When a riot was declared, that means we have a situation where individuals are actively, violently engaging in crimes.

  • Chief Contee did not give an exact time for a declaration of a “riot” on January 6th, 2021 during the security breach at the U.S. Capitol – when those who began as protestors illegally entered federal property and violently confronted law enforcement.
  • MPD (Metropolitan Police Department) assisted Capitol Hill Police who were overwhelmed by those attempting to enter the Capitol. USCP (U.S. Capitol Police) have jurisdiction on this federal property.
  • MPD made 68 arrests and 56 officers were injured as of his tally by this news conference on January 7th.
  • A riot declaration is important as it enables police to use additional resources and force (example tear gas) to clear a crowd.

Watch His Explanation HERE:

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by Jenna Lee,