House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a scathing statement after U.S. Capitol Police mistakenly ordered an emergency evacuation of the Capitol over a skydiving demonstration at the nearby Washington Nationals ballpark.
The evacuation order was carried out for over 15 minutes, until police realized the “threat” was simply a plane bringing the US Army parachutist team to the stadium for Military Appreciation Day.
“Today and every day, our congressional community is immensely grateful for the heroism of our United States Capitol Police officers. By ordering the evacuation of the Capitol and by closely monitoring for a potential aircraft threat, our officers have ensured the safety of everyone working within these hallowed halls – and we thank them for their exemplary service,” the statement said Explanation by Pelosi.
“The Federal Aviation Administration’s apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the planned overhaul of Nationals Stadium is outrageous and inexcusable. “The needless panic caused by this apparent negligence was particularly damaging to members, staff and institutional staff who are still dealing with the trauma of the January 6 attack on their workplace,” she continued.
“Congress looks forward to examining the results of a thorough review that will determine exactly what went wrong today and who will be held accountable at the Federal Aviation Administration for this outrageous and frightening error,” she concluded.
Capitol Police usually get a notification about flights, but they didn’t get one about the plane that flew to the stadium for the skydiving demonstration.
Most members of Congress were not in the Capitol as they were on a two-week recess.
The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Washington Nationals 11-2 after the transfer.
Here’s more about the embarrassing incident:
US Capitol evacuated due to parachute demo blunder at D-Backs, Nationals game
https://www.theblaze.com/news/pelosi-angry-capitol-evacuation Nancy Pelosi is furious over a ‘scary’ mistake that led to the Capitol evacuation, citing ‘trauma’ from the Jan. 6 riots