Montgomery County, State Police Deployed to U.S. Capitol Amid Chaos

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers have been deployed to the U.S. Capitol as supporters of President Donald Trump storm the building.

Gov. Larry Hogan directed Maryland State Police to help Metropolitan and Capitol Police. He said he told the Maryland National Guard Adjutant General to call a rapid response team to assist law enforcement.

Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel said he is looking into sending Gaithersburg Police to the Capitol.

The U.S. Capitol went into lockdown Wednesday as pro-Trump protestors stormed the building. Before the session was suspended due to the chaos, Congress met Wednesday to certify electoral college votes and confirm Joe Biden as the next U.S. president. Trump has encouraged his supporters to protest what he believes is a stolen election. In the electoral college, Biden defeated Trump 306-232.

Wednesday afternoon, Maryland Emergency Management increased its Response Activation Level to “partial.” The levels are normal, enhanced, partial and full.

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