As Joe Biden‘s inauguration looms — and as many count on civil unrest — a variety of the Capitol Police’s rank and file concern they will not be supported by management if they’ve to make use of lethal pressure to guard themselves.
Capitol Police sources inform TMZ … there’s been lots of chatter currently about officers tasked with guarding the Capitol come Wednesday and whether or not they’re allowed to make use of lethal pressure if push involves shove … and in that case, will they be backed by the Division?
Our sources say the difficulty got here up at a roll name assembly final week, the place one USCP officer requested his sergeants within the room, in the event that they discover themselves in a life or dying state of affairs — like several cops did on Jan. 6 — can they do no matter it takes to save their own lives, together with using lethal pressure?
And, simply as necessary … would USCP brass have their backs within the aftermath? We’re informed the reply they received was NOT reassuring — extra of a wishy-washy response that catered extra to optics and the necessity to accommodate peaceable protesters. In different phrases, the reply they received was imprecise and, many say, unhelpful.
There’ve been a number of suspensions, firings and resignations from the fallout Jan. 6. Among the rank and file really feel they have been made scapegoats … and far of the self-discipline was unfair. All of this, we’re informed, has negatively affected morale.
It isn’t misplaced on the officers that they misplaced one in every of their very own in the course of the rebel — Brian Sicknick, who suffered a deadly harm. And, they heard the story of the officer who was dragged down Capitol steps and overwhelmed. These cops desire a clear coverage on the proper to make use of deadly pressure.
The clock is working out, and most of the officers are apprehensive, scared and confused.