January 6th – a Challenge for Public Order Policing and Democracy

Deputy Chief Eli Cory provides insight into the events that unfolded on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. from the viewpoint of a Public Order Commander on the ground. Cory explains the state of law enforcement in the United States before this event, considering the social contexts, peculiarities regarding jurisdiction, training, and equipment developments. Cory describes January 6th from his point of view; how events unfolded, the decisions made, and emotional aspects of the operation. The author concludes with lessons learned regarding training, equipment, and communication.

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