Bizarre footage of Jamaal Bowman pulling the fire alarm during voting to prevent a government shutdown has been released.
The new clip shows the Democratic New York lawmaker tearing down a red warning sign and knocking over another in the incident that led to criminal charges.
The video received from NY1 shows Bowman insisting he was rushing to get to the vote as he approached the double doors at the Cannon House office building in September.
The 47-year-old reaches for one of the red signs, tries to open the left door and then turns around to set off the fire alarm.
The “squad” member insisted he had no intention of pulling the fire alarm, claiming he thought it would open a door.
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Full footage of the moment Jamaal Bowman pulled the fire alarm during voting to prevent a government shutdown has been released
The bizarre new clip shows the Democratic New York lawmaker tearing down a red warning sign and knocking over another in the incident that led to criminal charges
Rep. Jamaal Bowman was charged with a misdemeanor for pulling the fire alarm during a vote in the House of Representatives
But the release of the video has raised questions about what he was trying to do.
From the footage, it looks like he wasn’t trying to open the door when he set off the alarm.
Bowman appeared briefly in D.C. Superior Court Thursday morning and pleaded guilty.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, Bowman must pay a $1,000 fine and apologize to the Capitol Police.
The charge was “intentionally and knowingly.” [giving] “A false fire alarm, a violation of D.C. law,” and the New York Democrat was ordered to appear in court for arraignment on Thursday.
He has said he will pay a $1,000 fine and formally apologize to the Capitol Police in exchange for the charges being dropped.
“I am responsible for setting off a fire alarm, I will pay the fine imposed and I look forward to this charge being finally dropped,” he said in a statement.
The Capitol Police have now completed their investigation into the Sept. 30 incident, which Bowman’s office called a mistake.
“We have completed our investigation. “Our agents collected all the evidence, packaged it and sent the entire case and charges to the prosecutor’s office for review,” they said in a statement.
Bowman, a former school principal, said he raised the alarm as he tried to open a door in a hurry to get to a vote.
However, the incident occurred as Democrats tried to delay voting on a bill to extend the government funding deadline and avert a government shutdown.
Received from @NY1: Footage of Rep. Bowman pulling the fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building on September 30th.
Bowman pleaded guilty in court this morning to “intentionally or knowingly setting off a false fire alarm” in Washington. pic.twitter.com/HaBBAaLQqI
— Kevin Frey (@KevinFreyTV) October 26, 2023
Democratic Rep. Jamal Bowman says claims that he intentionally set off a fire alarm to disrupt House Republicans as they debated a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown are “nonsense.”
“I thought the alarm would open the door,” Bowman told reporters about the incident.
“I was in a rush to vote, I was trying to get to a door.”
‘[Bowman] “A fire alarm was sounded in Cannon this morning,” a spokesman for the Congressional Administration Committee said. “An investigation into why it was withdrawn is ongoing.”
Bowman called the idea that he pulled the fire alarm to delay a vote “complete nonsense.”
Rep. Bryan Steil, chairman of the House Administration Committee, said of the prosecution, “Bowman’s apology fails the sniff test.” After pulling the fire alarm, Rep. Bowman fled the scene, passing several Capitol Police officers and having every opportunity “To alert USCP to its mistake.”
Bowman’s stunt angered Republicans, and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., drafted a resolution to expel him.
But the House’s impact on Bowman was negated by the ouster of Kevin McCarthy and the ensuing three-week stalemate in the search for a speaker.