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Scout interviewed the police chief (she didn’t say which one and it was hard to hear but I think she meant capitol police) who said they don’t want to make arrests. The Capitol has been shut down for an hour now, and nobody wants to turn this into a bad scene.
Basically the atmosphere is tense, but not because the cops are throwing down. Mostly just because nobody knows what’s going to happen.
There were 10K viewers on the live stream before it cut out about 20 minutes ago.
More as I get it from her.
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