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Capitol staffer says office panic buttons were 'torn out' before riot

Capitol staffer says office panic buttons were 'torn out' before riot

1/13/2021 7:20:00 PM

Capitol staffer says office panic buttons were 'torn out' before riot

Sarah Groh, chief of staff for Ayanna Pressley , said all the office panic buttons had been removed ahead of a pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol.

The Boston Globethat the group barricaded the door with furniture and water jugs that had piled up during the pandemic before she pulled out a gas mask.But when she looked for the special panic buttons, she found they had been removed.Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images"Every panic button in my office had been torn out—the whole unit," she told the newspaper, adding that the team could come up with no rationale as to why. The staffer said that she had used them before and they had not switched offices since then.

She explained that, because of multiple death threats aimed at Pressley over the past two years, it had become routine for her staffers to run through safety drills. Pressley, as one of four progressive Democratic representatives in"The Squad," has faced racist attacks from Trump supporters. headtopics.com

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