Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) lamented the state of security at the Capitol on Wednesday after violent rioters broke into restricted parts of the building and prompted immediate action to be taken.
“US. The security of the Capitol needs a complete overhaul,” tweeted Schatz. “The physical damage and desecration of our temple of democracy must never happen again. That was clearly a failure.”
Rioters were able to push past the Capitol Police Department, causing significant property damage and forcing members to be hidden and evacuated. The police presence on the hill appeared to be significantly less on Wednesday than at other major, controversial events such as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Police said they had arrested a few dozen people by Wednesday evening after the riot.