October 27, 2023

Video Shows Bowman Took Down Emergency Exit Signs Before Pulling Fire Alarm

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was seen in video footage taking down emergency exit signs before pulling a fire alarm in the Capitol Building.

The video showed Bowman still holding one of the signs as he pulled the alarm and exited through the emergency door.

“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,” Bowman said at the time, according to the New York Post.

“I was just trying to get to my vote and the door that’s usually open wasn’t open, it was closed," he added.

"Bowman struck a deal with the Washington, DC, Attorney General’s office, in which he pleaded guilty to the single misdemeanor offense," on Thursday, CNN reported.

"According to the terms of the deal read aloud in court, Bowman’s sentencing will be deferred for three months. During that time, Bowman will be on probation, will pay a $1,000 fine and will write an apology letter to the US Capitol Police.

"If he fulfills these terms, prosecutors will drop the charge at his sentencing hearing on January 29," it continued.

Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) previously said he planned to launch an investigation into Bowman's action. Other Republicans also spoke out on the matter, with some calling on him to resign.

Former President Donald Trump also spoke out on the situation, calling for Bowman to be "imprisoned" over the pulled fire alarm.

Bowman's guilty plea in court will appear to end the matter as the Democrat seeks to move forward after the embarrassing incident.

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