In the wake of the deadly shooting at the Washington Naval Yards in Sep., which saw the death of 12 people, the US Capitol Police union has called for an inquiry into events surrounding the mass shooting.
The shooting saw former naval reservist and naval IT subcontractor Aaron Alexis, 34, enter the Navy Yard using his security pass, then entering Building 197, where he subsequently began shooting people within the building until almost an hour later he was shot dead by the police. Alexis was believed to have suffered from a mental condition, but it is unclear why he went on the shooting spree.
During the time when Alexis was in Building 197, a Capitol Police Community Emergency Response Team arrived on the scene, but shortly after were sent away by a supervisor. This particular incident has led to many questions and in response a USCP union, the Capitol Police Labor Committee, has called for an inquiry into the matter.
In a statement obtained by the BBC, the CPLC has said that it wants closed hearings conducted before the House of Representatives in order to “determine the truth,” saying that an earlier inquiry conducted was "inadequate" and “biased and designed to protect the department from further scrutiny and possible litigation from the victims' families."
According to an investigative panel formed by the USCP, the Fact Review Team, the highly trained CERT team, arrived at the Naval Yards almost half an hour after the shooting began and 15-20 minutes after it was first reported. The CERT team were told by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers that they were the only officers on the scene equipped to engage the gunman but as the CERT team radioed superiors, they were subsequently told to stand down which the Fact Review Team later determined was because of "uncertainty about threats to the US Capitol and absent a request for additional USCP assets".
Now the CPLC is maintaining that the explanation given was simply “damage control” and that they were disgusted by the way in which the security crisis was handled, adding that there should have been “no reason” to lie regarding the events of Sep. 16.
Responding to this, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Gainer told the BBC that the Fact Review Team was qualified to conduct its inquiry and that he believed that the team had conducted a “thorough” investigation.”