Capitol Police turned loose a rioter on January 6 — because they had no transportation for him: report
Rioters January 6th (AFP)

On Wednesday, POLITICO reported on the failure of the Capitol Police to detain some of the most violent members of the pro-Trump rioters who stormed Congess on January 6 — and highlighted one particular example.

"An accused Capitol rioter captured on camera repeatedly striking at police with a long pole during the Jan. 6 insurrection was arrested on the spot but released back into the crowd after officers waiting to transport him learned no transport would be arriving," reported Kyle Cheney. "The suspect, Mark Ponder — who berated police during his 25-minute detention on Capitol grounds — then returned to the mob and was seen on the makeshift inauguration stage hours later."

Prosecutors have now filed a case against Ponder.

The events of that riot, which left five people dead, extensive damage throughout the Capitol, and sparked the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, have raised questions about why the Capitol Police were unable to control the situation. An internal intelligence report warned of the impending risk of attack days before. Moreover, several Capitol Police officers have been suspended for their own alleged roles in the incident.