Statement from the IACP on the Attack and Violence at the U.S. Capitol
January 6, 2021 will be remembered as a dark and difficult day as communities across the U.S. and the globe watched a violent attack that sought to disrupt the process of American democracy and resulted in lives lost.
The IACP extends our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones, and colleagues of U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and commends the bravery and heroic efforts of the U.S. Capitol Police Department, Metropolitan Police Department, and the federal, state, and local agencies who helped bring an end to the conflict and regain control of the building. Their actions undoubtedly prevented further loss of life, destruction of property, and ensured that Members of the United States Congress were able to safely complete a foundational mandate.
In the wake of this horrific event, many have been understandably frustrated and disappointed as we collectively sift through the images, accounts, and analyses to try to understand what happened. We vigorously support both the rule of law and law enforcement's efforts to identify and hold accountable those who participated in this illegal and dangerous action, including the police agencies currently investigating the alleged involvement of their employees.
Disturbingly, even as authorities continue to deconstruct the events of last week's riot, the rumblings of continued violence persist. This is unacceptable; while the IACP supports the right to free speech and assembly, police officers will continue to hold the line against those that threaten the peace, endanger lives, and jeopardize the process of democracy.