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Gov. Hogan, Local Leaders Send Law Enforcement to Defuse Situation at U.S. Capitol

January 6th, 2021 by WCBC Radio


Maryland state troopers are headed into Washington, D.C., to assist U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department in securing the U.S. Capitol.

In addition, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott said he had spoken with District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and that public safety agencies were working through the state to provide aid.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said county police officers were joining the state deployment.

The Capitol was stormed Wednesday afternoon by supporters of President Donald Trump, interrupting the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Hours earlier, Trump rallied supporters outside the White House and repeated a number of false claims related to the election.

Gov. Larry Hogan is dispatching 200 state troopers to join Montgomery County officers in helping to restore order at the Capitol. He tweeted he has instructed Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland National Guard "to call up a rapid response force to support law enforcement and restore order."

"All Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation’s Capitol," Hogan said. "This is a heinous and violent assault on the heart of our democracy. I will not stand for this, and neither should any American."

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford went a step further than Hogan, pinning the blame on Trump. He tweeted that the president's conduct constitutes an impeachable offense.

Scott called the actions of protesters "an attack on our democracy and an act of treason."

"This is what white supremacy looks like," Scott tweeted.