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Nevada lawmaker weighs in on lack of Capitol security

Posted at 5:37 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 08:54:16-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A day after the U.S. Capitol was breached, large fences and barricades were put up around the building. Nevada Rep. Susie Lee weighing in on the new security measures saying they’re “a day late and a dollar short.”

Rep. Lee joins lawmakers from both parties who are demanding answers and accountability for the lack of security at the Capitol.

Resignations from senior police officials came quickly, including the U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund. His last day as chief is Jan. 16. Even with resignations, there are calls for investigations into why the Capitol was left so vulnerable.

“They were completely out-manned,” said Rep. Lee. To see a breach like that at the nation’s Capitol, I think it’s completely unacceptable I think there’s going to be a lot of accountability on this but I’m thankful that it is not as bad as it could have been.”


"It is clear to me that the police were outnumbered, and they apparently underestimated the strength and level of violence in that crowd and overestimated their ability to control the crowd,” said Former Police Chief of the US Capitol Police Terrance Gainer.

Lawmakers are questioning why Capitol Police failed to request help from the D.C. Police and The National Guard until it was too late.

Before the announcement of his resignation, Chief Sund said that police had a robust plan established for First Amendment activities, but the attack was "unlike any he has experienced in his 30 years of law enforcement.”