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Nevada police union condemns US Capitol violence; funds needed for public safety

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 16:23:28-05

NEVADA (KTNV)  — The Nevada police union released a statement on the violence seen at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Hundreds of demonstrators initially stormed barricades at the moment Congress was beginning a joint session to accept the Electoral College votes confirming President-elect Biden’s presidential election win.

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The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown and the session was subsequently halted before President-elect Biden’s victory was confirmed early Thursday morning.

Thursday, the Nevada police union statement said it "condemns the acts of violence and overarching disrespect for authority" seen in Washington, D.C., during the riots and vandalism at the Capitol.

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The entire statement regarding Wednesday's breach of the US Capitol is below:

The Nevada Police Union stands with our brave sisters and brothers of law enforcement who once again faced a chaotic and angry mob, this time in our nation’s Capitol. Vastly outnumbered and dispersed, they protected the members of Congress and restored order and peace to the grounds. We condemn acts of violence, insurrection and overarching disrespect for authority.

While we await an investigation into how the breach of the capitol building was able to occur, there is one thing we can assert now. Here in Nevada, law enforcement is not fully staffed, trained, equipped, or prepared for an attack like the one we saw yesterday.

The Nevada Police Union calls upon our state leaders to help us restore the respect for authority and find effective solutions towards building a strong state police force, one that can keep this great state safe.

"The proper investment in public safety has been neglected for decades. Now is the time to modernize the state police, increase officer training, and draw on federal funds to provide more resources to prepare us for future events of unrest and violence." Matthew Kaplan, president of the Nevada police union.