The Capitol Police Department is recruiting, and they’re not shying away from the reason the job is so important, especially right now. In a recruiting video posted Monday, Chief Tom Manger talks about the importance of the job, protecting democracy, and how the attack on the Capitol Building on January 6th made him wish he wasn’t retired but back at the job himself.
“For many of us, when we saw what occurred on January 6th, it stirred something in us. It certainly stirred something in me,” he says, in the video tweeted by the official U.S. Capitol Police Twitter account. He goes on to discuss how he wished that he wasn’t retired, but back at work protecting Congress and Democracy against the attack.
One of our top priorities is to hire more officers to protect Congress and the U.S. Capitol.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) November 1, 2021
It’s not a shocking or unusual sentiment — except, perhaps, in an America where half of the Congress in question is fighting to prevent deeper investigations into the attack, and propagandists (including in Federal government) are spreading claims that the attack wasn’t really that serious, or even saying it was a false flag.
Taking a ‘side’ against an armed attack on the Capitol Building wouldn’t be a political statement under any normal circumstances, but in the current climate, it definitely stands out. Sure enough, within minutes of the video’s release, there were responses attacking the department for the death of Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot when she joined others at the Capitol, attempting to enter through a broken window outside a barricaded door near the chambers where members of Congress were working to certify the election results.
Still, it doesn’t seem the politicization of the attack has swayed the Capitol Police Department’s understanding of their job — and in this ad, they made sure applicants knew it too.
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