Rep. Brad Schneider, Pool
Democrat Brad Schneider, an Illinois Democrat, was among the members forced to seek refuge when rioters took over the Capitol on Wednesday.
He told CNN that he was extremely frustrated with the lack of information from the Capitol Police about what went wrong and what changes were being made as a result of the riot.
“I’m frustrated, extremely frustrated that we received these briefings not only from us but also from the American people. What happened, where it broke down, what we know, what we learn from it, you get more briefings A local Robbery when we saw him, “said Schneider.
“I’ve been part of talks and reports within the Democratic caucus. We haven’t had a full briefing. We can’t have a classified briefing, at least I am not, I don’t have the technology to be part of it, so I wasn’t part of it” , he added.
Schneider expressed his admiration for the simple Capitol police officers who he believed would do their best in difficult circumstances, but he was quick to point out that it was a position they didn’t have to be in.
“What happened on Wednesday was preventable. It was predictable at first. There have been reports, just look at social media. I saw a report today that the FBI was concerned about effectively quoting a war in the Capitol. It was avoidable. ” There were steps that I believe the Capitol Police, others, could have taken to keep the crowd out and take fallback positions so that even if they had breached the first barrier they would have it at the secondary, or even the third one could have stopped, and it just should have been handled much better. We hear more and more reports of slow responses and poor communication, “he said.
Schneider is not alone in his concern. Many members believe they are nowhere near the level of information they need from the Capitol Police, and frustration is growing, according to a senior Democratic adviser.
“For every suspicious package on the hill, I get 10 real-time emails. When it comes to this biggest breach of recent times, we hear very little,” said the aide.
In particular, it is criticized that only little real-time information is exchanged by the Capitol Police and that this employee does not believe that there is a certain degree of coordination with updates and warnings – it is basically radio silence. Aside from a briefing hastily arranged Monday night, there was no briefing from the Capitol Police Chief of Staff for members.
Schneider also expressed concern that some Capitol police officers may have been involved or helped the rioters. He said radicalization within the military and law enforcement ranks has been a problem for some time and needs to be addressed.
“I’ve heard about it and yes, I have long been concerned about radicalization within our law enforcement agencies and even our military,” Schneider said. He pointed out laws he has put in place in the past to address the problem.
“We need to understand the risk and then develop and implement the plans to address and eliminate that risk. I hope we can do that in this new Congress,” he added.