“So, as the first Black and female chief of this department, I take any allegation of inequitable policing extremely seriously,” Pittman replied. “With that said, I have no evidence whatsoever that suggests that there was any discrepancy based on our security posture and as it relates to making enhancements or not based upon race.”
Among those who have pointed to race when discussing the attack is President Joe Biden, who said a day after it occurred that “no one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday there wouldn’t — they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.”
As part of Congress’ inquiry into the attack and its causes, the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security also held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss why the federal government hasn’t addressed the rise of domestic terrorism and White nationalism in the weeks after the riot.
During that hearing, the panel’s chairwoman, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, noted that they were warned last year by FBI Director Christopher Wray about the rise of domestic terrorism and White supremacy as “the most lethal threat, with domestic violence in our country,” with the Texas congresswoman warning that more needs to be done.
“What is clear is our current approach is not working, enough is enough,” she said. “It is time for action. I look forward to hearing from the witnesses what federal law enforcement and government should do to swiftly address the rise in domestic terrorism.”
The subcommittee heard from four witnesses who gave examples of domestic terrorism from left and right-wing groups and suggested Congress consider legislation to combat domestic terrorism and White supremacy systemically.
The affirmation from former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger undercut attempts by some influential Republicans to downplay or deny the role that racist right-wing groups played in the insurrection, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who claimed on his show Monday night that “there is no evidence that White supremacists were responsible for what happened on January 6. That’s a lie.”
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