Carmen Best, who was chief of the Seattle police from 2018 to September and is now an NBC News contributor, said that, like many other Americans, she watched the events at the Capitol unfold on television.

“I was wondering, where were the cops? If they don’t get there soon, what else could transpire? It felt like a very long time, and I’m sure millions of people were also watching and thinking the same thing,” Best said.

While she said she did not want to be overly critical of the Capitol Police, given that facts were still coming to light, she said the response “took way too long.”…

The official wondered what documents were exposed, what computers were unlocked and what phone numbers were out in the open when rioters entered the offices. The official was also concerned that foreign intelligence officers could have been mixed in with the crowd.