Bowman Surrenders On Capitol Fire Alarm Misdemeanor Charge

On Thursday morning, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) surrendered to police after being charged with pulling a fire alarm in the Capitol. The Democrat agreed to plead guilty and reached an agreement with the Washington, D.C., attorney general that his “false fire alarm” charge would be dropped after three months, provided he issued a formal apology and paid a $1,000 fine.

Bowman’s actions on September 30 caused the evacuation of the Cannon House Office Building for approximately 1 1/2 hours. It is reported that this incident interrupted official proceedings of the House as Republicans worked to keep the government open. The maximum sentence for raising a false fire alarm in D.C. is six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

In a statement, Bowman said, “I am responsible for activating a fire alarm. I will be paying the fine issued, and I look forward to these charges being ultimately dropped.” He thanked the D.C. Attorney General’s office for a “quick resolution” and the Capitol Police General Counsel’s office for agreeing that “I did not obstruct nor intend to obstruct any House vote or proceedings.”

However, a spokesperson for U.S. Capitol Police clarified that the General Counsel did not make that determination and that the thoroughly investigated case was sent to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where prosecutors did not pursue it.

Bowman’s actions have not gone unnoticed by his peers, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) calling for him to be prosecuted “using the same law they used to prosecute J6 defendants for interfering with an official proceeding.”

Ironically, after President Donald Trump’s arrest on state charges in Georgia in August, Bowman shared a video on social media of him laughing at Trump’s mug shot photo, saying, “We got you, and more to come. Clown, thug, crook, criminal.” He added that in a “normal world,” a Trump mug shot would have ended his political career, but instead, his poll numbers were going up.

Republicans have called for Bowman to be expelled from the House, with scandal-plagued Rep. George Santos (R-NY) among those backing a resolution to censure Bowman over his actions. The outcome of this incident will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on Bowman’s political career and serves as a stark reminder that actions have consequences. As we have seen in the past, the public does not take kindly to politicians who do not hold themselves to the same standards they expect from others. Bowman’s actions are no exception.