Senator: Increase Capitol security 'dramatically'

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said security at the Capitol Building must be 'dramatically' increased during protests, or the rules of engagement used by police need to change so police can more aggressively deal with rioters. (Jan. 7)

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CHRIS MURPHY: Clearly, we need to make serious changes to the way that our Capitol is defended, and we need to start implementing those changes now. The primary responsibility for yesterday's insurrection, yesterday's breach of the Capitol lies with the perpetrators, Donald Trump, and his enablers in Congress.

The Capitol Police and the municipal police were left to battle protesters for over an hour before the breach of the building took place without any assistance from the Department of Defense. One of the things that we've been talking about in the last 12 hours is the rules of engagement. Listen, I'm glad that there was only one individual shot yesterday. But if we can't defend the Capitol simply because we don't have enough individuals present to respond to thousands of protesters, then we either need to change the rules of engagement or we need to dramatically increase the physical protection and personnel presence around the Capitol.