According to The Hill, top current and former law enforcement officials testified before a joint Senate hearing on Tuesday that evidence indicated planning and coordination behind the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Asked by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chair Gary Peters (D-Mich.) about what nonclassified evidence he could point to that led him to determine the attack was “coordinated,” former Capitol police chief Steven Sund pointed to rioters coming prepared with “climbing gear” and “chemical spray,” which he argued had no place at a legitimate demonstration.
“I’m able to provide you a quick overview of why I think it was a coordinated attack. One, people came specifically with equipment. You’re bringing in climbing gear to a demonstration. You’re bringing in explosives. You’re bringing in chemical spray … you’re coming prepared,” he told the senators.
“The fact that the group that attacked our west front [did so] approximately 20 minutes before [former President Trump‘s rally] ended, which means that they were planning on our agency not being at what they call ‘full strength,’ ” Sund added.
Sund also noted the pipe bombs planted near the Democratic and Republican party headquarters, which he said likely were meant to draw police resources away from the Capitol during the attack.
Acting D.C. Metropolitan Police Department chief Robert Contee III added that he saw “hand signals being used by several of the insurrectionists,” along with others using radio communications.
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