July 15, 2024

We’ve been reporting on the saga of Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulling the fire alarm over the weekend as Democrats were trying to delay a vote regarding a government shutdown. 

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It was a truly idiotic act, but the excuse spin from Bowman has made it even more ridiculous. He’s now trying the tactic that he doesn’t understand what the problem is here. He also put out “messaging guidance” to his fellow Democrats to help defend him and then he had to backtrack and say he hadn’t meant to use the term “Nazis” while trying to blame his pulling the fire alarm on Republicans. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) walked people through what happened and how what he said made no sense. 

But it’s also a potential criminal act. So what have the US Capitol Police said on the matter? 

They issued a statement on Monday, and you might notice there’s a big thing missing. 

 The United States Capitol Police (USCP) continues to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the fire alarm that resulted in the evacuation of the Cannon House Office Building. 

At approximately 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, a fire alarm sounded inside the Cannon Building. USCP officers evacuated people from the building, floor by floor. The fire alarm only sounded in the Cannon Building, so that was the only building that was evacuated.

On security video, a man was seen trying to exit the door in the Cannon Building and then pulling the fire alarm that prompted the evacuation. USCP officers had previously placed signs with clear language that explained the door was secured and marked as an emergency exit only.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. the Fire Marshal determined there was not a fire and the building was safe. 

The USCP will continue to keep the public updated on the status of the investigation.

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The statement was issued on October 2, so, long after Bowman admitted he had done it. Why is his name not in there? Why does it just say “a man” in the description? Do they not want to say Bowman’s name, even though he admitted it?  Are they trying to give him cover? 

But it also said some things there that confirm the facts we’ve been talking about —  that the building was evacuated, that they had to determine there wasn’t a fire, and that took about an hour and 25 minutes. Why? Because Bowman didn’t stick around, but ran and didn’t tell them there wasn’t any fire, he did it. Can we talk about evidence of guilt? 

They also confirmed that the signs saying it was an “emergency exit only” were in place but Bowman pushed the door anyway, then, he pulled the fire alarm. So even according to Bowman’s ridiculous story, it doesn’t fly, because he wasn’t supposed to be going through those doors to begin with and the alarm doesn’t open the doors. 

There’s also something else missing here. Where’s the video? Perhaps there’s some investigative reason, but since he admitted it, I’m not sure what that would be. But what the video might show is him fleeing, and that probably isn’t a good look. 

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The other thing we haven’t seen yet is the police report and the interview that they had with him. Those should be very interesting. 

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