In a surprising move, the U.S. Capitol Police have criminally charged Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) for pulling the fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building in what appeared to be a stunt to prevent a vote on the House floor to prevent a government shutdown.
The charge for Bowman’s fire alarm stunt carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
BREAKING: Rep Jamaal Bowman has been criminally charged with one misdemeanor count of falsely pulling a fire alarm for the September 30th incident in the Cannon Office Building, according to court documents, @dnlbrns & I report.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 25, 2023
In a statement about the charges, the U.S. Capitol Police declared: “We finished our investigation. Our agents gathered all the evidence, packaged it up, and sent the entire case with charges to prosecutors for their consideration.”
The Capitol Police went on to present a probable cause warrant against Bowman to the D.C. Attorney General for “False Fire Alarm,” 22DC1219A.
The Democrat congressman was then ordered to appear in D.C. Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning for his arraignment.
Bowman has repeatedly tried to defend himself with a bizarre claim that he had thought pulling the fire alarm would open a nearby door so he could get to the House to vote on the government funding measure.
“I don’t know why this has gotten so much attention. I was literally just in a rush to go vote, man. That’s all it was,” Bowman said at the time while speaking with reporters.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman on pulling the fire alarm:
"I don't know why this has gotten so much attention. I was literally in a rush to go vote. That's all it was." pic.twitter.com/rBykBkieel
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 2, 2023
However, evidence proves that his claims are false — including the fact that he previously served as a middle school principal, meaning that he was fully aware of the result of pulling a fire alarm.
Breitbart News also refuted his claims in an exclusive report revealing that Bowman had thrown emergency warning signs on the floor prior to pulling the fire alarm. The outlet further noted that the Democrat congressman immediately ran down a set of stairs after his stunt, exiting the building.
Meanwhile, Bowman isn’t just facing criminal charges for the fire alarm stunt — as House Republicans have also drafted a resolution to expel him from Congress because it appears that his actions were designed to obstruct an official vote.
Many conservatives expressed outrage on social media over the weak charges, with popular account End Wokeness arguing Bowman should have been charged with “obstruction of congressional proceedings. That is a felony under federal law 18 U.S.C. § 1505. Up to 5 years in prison.”
BREAKING: Rep. Jamaal Bowman has been charged with one misdemeanor count of falsely pulling a fire alarm.
This is a JOKE. The crime was obstruction of congressional proceedings. That is a felony under federal law 18 U.S.C. § 1505. Up to 5 years in prison.
Bowman could have also… pic.twitter.com/eOCO6E034t
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) October 25, 2023
Several conservatives also pointed out that Bowman should face the same sentences that January 6 defendants received for trying to disrupt an official proceeding.
“If Congressman Bowman is treated like the J6’ers, he should get around 11 years in prison according to my numbers,” political analyst Matt Couch wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
If Congressman Bowman is treated like the J6'ers, he should get around 11 years in prison according to my numbers..
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) October 25, 2023