Rep. Bowman Accused of Pulling Fire Alarm in Congressional Building

We previously discussed how Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) perfectly captured the age of rage in raving at members and the press off the House floor. He is now accused of causing a false evacuation after pulling a fire alarm during tense negotiations between the Republican and Democratic members.

House Administration Committee Chair Bryan Steil, R-Wis., stated: “Rep. Jamal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in Cannon this morning. An investigation into why it was pulled is underway.”

Sources said the incident was caught on camera. At the time, Democrats were complaining about a sudden move to rush forward a stopgap measure to keep the government funded and complaining that they did not have enough time to consider the bill.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) was shown on videotape screaming about gun control in the Capitol as his colleagues left the floor following a vote. Various Democratic members, including former House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), tried to calm Bowman. However, when Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) asked Bowman to stop yelling, Bowman shouted back: “I was screaming before you interrupted me.” I previously noted that it could go down as the perfect epitaph for our age of rage.

However, this is more than a good rave next to the House floor.

In D.C., this would constitute a criminal misdemeanor. It would also obviously be treated as sanctionable conduct under the House rules. Even without addressing any attempt to cause fear or panic, here is the most obvious crime:

§ 22–1319. False alarms and false reports; hoax weapons.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to willfully or knowingly give a false alarm of fire within the District of Columbia, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this subsection shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished by a fine not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 or by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Prosecutions for violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be on information filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

(a-1) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to willfully or knowingly use, or allow the use of, the 911 call system to make a false or fictitious report or complaint which initiates a response by District of Columbia emergency personnel or officials when, at the time of the call or transmission, the person knows the report or complaint is false. Any person or persons violating the provisions of this subsection shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished by a fine not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 or by imprisonment for not more than 6 months. Prosecutions for violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be on information filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

137 thoughts on “Rep. Bowman Accused of Pulling Fire Alarm in Congressional Building”

  1. Leftists are immature brats. We pay them huge bucks in congress to decide if Joe should be investigated. Instead of examining the reasons some believe it is an important, necessary task based on numerous serious and seemingly well founded allegations, they spent their time condemning Trump.
    We should pay them based on their productivity.
    What silly spoiled fools! and we let them get away with it.

  2. Tim Miller:
    “I’ve already seen jail and expulsion demands over a fire alarm pull from GOP reps who want to make someone president that has 91 felony counts against him. So yeah, Bowman is a moron but the media shouldn’t take faux outrage from people who are obviously full of sh-t seriously”

    1. He’s not suggesting that Bowman should be above the law. If he broke a law, charge him. But don’t then give Trump a pass on his lawbreaking.

    1. Wrong building. He was in the Cannon Office Building, not the Capitol Building. No official proceedings occur in the Cannon building.

      1. No but his actions obstructed members from going to the Capitol to conduct their official business.
        He should be subject to the same penalties as those convicted of non violent actions to disrupt the functioning of the government on January 6

        1. No, whoever wanted to go to the Capitol Building was free to do so. And the law in question doesn’t say “official business,” it says “official proceeding.” The official proceedings only occur in the Capitol Building, and the work there continued.

          Maybe he broke some other law, and I have no problem with him being charged if he broke a law, but he didn’t break the law that the J6 rioters were charged with.

          1. The Capitol Bldg is where the House chamber and the Senate chamber are located.

            What makes you think some code is needed to point this fact out?

            1. The official proceeding was the vote taking place in the House chamber in the Capitol Bldg — where Bowman was headed over to vote. Duh.

  3. It’s being reported, with accompanying photos, that the door was clearly marked with signs as being an emergency exit ONLY, and that before pulling the fire alarm, Bowman removed those signs:

    If true, that pretty much erases any excuses Bowman has been offering and shows malicious intent. Pretty sure there’s a whole OTHER crime involved with removing the emergency-exit signs.

    1. The photos in your link don’t show “before pulling the fire alarm, Bowman removed those signs.”

  4. The Alarm was a Distraction, What were His Aides walking out the Door with, when everyone was exiting the Building?
    (His 10% Cut)

  5. Turley has succeeded in making himself Mayor of one the dumbest garbage sites on the web, measured by the number of “Anonymous” posters and the banality of their posts.


    2. “Freedom of speech is a great thing as long as it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.”

  6. To introduce a politically valuable “common enemy,” Biden labeled actual Americans “white supremacists” and “white nationalists.”

    Imagine white Americans (e.g. redundant) being persona non grata in the United States of America—oh, my apologies, I forgot they are now the “fundamentally transformed (e.g. invaded and conquered) United States of America,” having counterintuitively and inexplicably suffered that fate at the hands of an eminently ineligible son of a foreign-citizen father.

    Were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, George Mason, John Jay, Ben Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Richard Henry Lee, et al. “white nationalists” and “white supremacists?”

    Well, God did make them white.

    And one may safely presume that those who created and established the United States of America were loyal and fervent supporters of their nation, aka nationalists.

    Supremacy? All must agree that their supremacy in establishing self-governance through the Constitution and Bill of Rights was and remains, as Merriam-Webster defines it, “the highest in rank or authority, greatest in degree, quality, or intensity, and characterized by the highest excellence or achievement.”

    All must agree that American self-governance through the Constitution and Bill of Rights succeeded above all other nations.

    Can anyone blame them?

    1. George

      BTW, the comment functionality on this site has been recently compromised.

      No longer can one click the box to “remember me.”

    2. Wait.  Who’s Dennis?

      And did you read supremacists are “the highest in rank or authority, greatest in degree, quality, or intensity, and characterized by the highest excellence or achievement.”

      Which was the country that advanced through history to the level of administering an atomic device on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to implement justice and landing a man on the moon?

      The United States of America of those pesky American Founders.

      What do all red-blooded American abductees want at the very minute of their glorious release?

      They ALL want to go home immediately.

      The Israelite slaves were out of Egypt before the ink was dry on their release papers.

      But then they possessed the capacity and acumen sufficient to the task.

  7. In the last week, Trump has mused about executing America’s top general, joked about a man getting his skull bashed in with a hammer (while Trump’s crowd laughs), urged people to shoot shoplifters (murder, and again his crowd cheers), deludedly insisted that you need an ID to buy bread, deludedly claimed that illegal immigrants have cell phones while veterans don’t have cell phones, and been found liable for fraud. Earlier, he was found liable for rape, his company was found guilty of criminal fraud, and he’s facing 91 indictment counts.

    Go ahead, call for Bowman to be investigated. But face the facts about Trump.

    1. Shooting looters is not “murder”. In the San Franciso earthqauke of 1906, the mayor authorized the military and police to shoot to kill on sight looters and other persons engaged in crime. In general, a person is entitled to use force to protect his property. If the force is deadly, there may be a prosecution for excessive use of force, which however would not be “murder”.

      1. He and I both said “shoplifters,” so it’s clearly isn’t a reference to people breaking into your home.

        And it’s irrelevant what was legal over 100 years ago after an earthquake. It’s not legal NOW. It’s murder NOW, and he’s advocating it, and his crowd cheers his advocacy of extrajudicial killing. It’s sick, and it should be condemned as sick, and your choice to make excuses for it instead of condemning it as sick suggests that you lack a moral compass and are part of the problem.


        2. Shoplifting vs looting. Where is there a difference? Indeed, the organized shoplifting we see in places like San Francisco now is little more than looting. Both are attempts to steal the goods of shopkeepers. And the law relating to murder has not changed very much since 1906.

          1. The difference between shoplifting and looting is that people can loot from private residences, but they cannot shoplift from private residences — shoplifting is stealing from stores. Neither Trump nor I were talking about stealing from private residences, so use language that keeps that clear.

            Do you need examples of people being charged with murder for shooting alleged shoplifters?

    2. Just a banner week for the folks democrats send to congress. One dies of old age 24 hours after a vote, one is forced to wear pants, and another claims to not know how fire alarms work.

      But sure, everyone should vote. Democracy is awesome.

  8. Bowman told reporters: “I was just trying to get to my vote and the door that’s usually open wasn’t open, it was closed.” “I was trying to get to a door. I thought the alarm would open the door and I pulled the fire alarm to open the door by accident.”

    If true, he should have a mental capacity check.
    If false, he shouldn’t lie about it.

    Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) told CNN she is circulating a resolution to censure Bowman.

      1. Judge Clarence Thomas accused Senate Democrats of conducting a “high tech lynching of a black man” during his SCOTUS nomination. Thankfully no one has suggested a “fire alarm, insurrectionist lynching of Bowman”.

  9. Is there not now ample precedent from the J6 trials and convictions to apply a similar level of treatment and punishment to this offender?

    1. He’s claimed that he was trying to get to a vote and a door that’s normally open was closed, and he mistakenly pulled it thinking that it would open the door. Maybe he’s lying, but if he’s telling the truth, and he simply wasn’t paying attention, then he doesn’t meet the “knowingly” requirement for acting illegally. As for punishment, the J6 rioters have had a huge range of punishments depending on the specifics of what they did. But like anyone else, he’d either have to plead guilty (sounds like he won’t) or be found guilty at trial (you’ll have to wait and see).

      1. Who pulls a fire-alarm thinking it will open a door? Not even a child would get away with that argument. Fire-alarms are ALARMS.

        1. The comments were written by different people. Anyone who fails to enter a name gets assigned “Anonymous.” Anyone who fails to enter an email gets assigned that avatar.

        2. This no-rules trash site actually encourages people to engage in maximum confusion by failing to enter an identity, real or fake, so that their moronic comments are all attributed to “Anonymous.” This website does that because it couldn’t think of anything STUPIDER.

  10. Obstructing Congressional or Administrative Proceedings (18 U.S.C. 1505),Proceedings%20(18%20U.S.C.%201505),involves%20domestic%20or%20international%20terrorism).

    “Section 1505 outlaws obstructing congressional or federal administrative proceedings, a crime punishable by imprisonment not more than five years (not more than eight years if the offense involves domestic or international terrorism). The crime has three essential elements. First, there must be a proceeding pending before a department or agency of the United States. Second, the defendant must be aware of the pending proceeding. Third, the defendant must have intentionally endeavored corruptly to influence, obstruct or impede the pending proceeding. Section 1505 offenses are not RICO or money laundering predicate offenses. Conspiracy to obstruct administrative or congressional proceedings may be prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. 371, and the general aiding and abetting, accessory after the fact, and misprision statutes are likely to apply with equal force in the case of obstruction of an administrative or congressional proceeding.”

    1. Menendez and Santos have been indicted for felonies. I haven’t seen you calling for them to be ejected from Congress.

      1. You are correct, I have been asleep at the wheel, I agree, they should be ejected if convicted also, but trying to get a dem indicted and/or convicted by the crony DOJ would make that an impossibility so why even bother – lol.

          1. They needed a distraction away from the biden crime family, it will do the trick until elections and then it will lapse – no harm ever comes to a democrat – we all know that and to take a stand as if it wasn’t true either shows your koolaid addiction or your lack of observation.

            1. Menendez went to trial the last time he was indicted, and from what I’ve seen, he deserves to be convicted this time.

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