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DC police chief stunned by 'reluctance' to deploy Guard during Jan. 6 attack

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MPD Chief ConteeThe  head of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) told senators Tuesday that there was an initial "reluctance" to send the National Guard during the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol — a resistance that left him "surprised" and "stunned," given the gravity of the violent attack.

Testifying before a pair of Senate committees, acting Chief Robert Contee said that at 2:22 p.m. on Jan. 6 — more than an hour after his forces were summoned to the Capitol — he was part of an emergency phone call that included leaders of the Capitol Police, the National Guard and the Department of the Army.

"I was surprised at the reluctance to immediately send the National Guard to the Capitol grounds," Contee told senators on the Rules and Homeland Security committees.

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