AOC Says Capitol Police Were Working With Jan 6 Protesters

Lawmaker says Capitol Police were “opening the doors” on Jan. 6.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is accusing Capitol Police officers of working with the Jan. 6 rioters by opening the doors for them.
  • The lawmaker said she believes anyone working in the Capitol is “not safe,” in light of the actions of the Capitol police officers.
  • Ocasio-Cortez told a reporter that she doesn’t understand what could have prompted officers to open the doors for rioters, but that she believes they were “sympathetic” to the cause.
  • The New York Democrat also criticized the recently increased funding for Capitol Police given to the group after the riot.
AOC’S COMMENTS ON THE RIOT:
  • “There were actual officers working with this, and we never got to the bottom of that,” Ocasio-Cortez said during her recent comments about the Jan. 6 riots. “We never got any answers about that and to this day, we’re supposed to pretend that this never happened?”
  • She told reporter Pablo Manríquez of Latino Rebels, “I have no idea what happened to the people on the inside who were very clearly sympathetic with what was going on and opening the doors wide open for that and we’re– I’m supposed to sit here and pretend like none of that ever happened.”
  • “And then right afterwards, you have a massive– you know, you just have this idea that throwing money at that problem is gonna make it go away, without any accountability and so this is where these things are breaking down,” she stressed. “We’re not safe. And it’s not just about members of congress not being safe. The food staff workers aren’t safe. The janitors aren’t safe. Like, we need to get to the bottom of this, so that’s all I gotta say,” she concluded before walking away.
BACKGROUND:
  • The investigation into the events of the Jan 6 Capitol Hill breach has been spearheaded by a congressional committee.
  • Some reports threaten that in addition to the individuals who breached the Capitol Building facing charges, former President Donald Trump could also be charged for the events surrounding that day.