Democrat Representative of New York’s 16th district Jamaal Bowman made headlines in September for illicitly pulling a fire alarm in the Capitol. While it was apparent he pulled the fire alarm to sabotage a stopgap spending bill from being passed; it’s now confirmed that he lied about his reason for pulling the alarm.

“I don’t know why this has gotten so much attention,” Bowman, a former member of Democratic Socialists of America, told the press at the time. “I was literally just in a rush to go vote, man.” The logic goes like this; Bowman pulled the fire alarm to unlock a secured door so he could rush to vote more promptly.

However, newly released video footage shows the whole scene, proving that Bowman lied about his felony in which he intentionally activated a fire alarm when there was no fire. In the video, he can be seen pulling warning signs off of the door, pulling the fire alarm, and walking away from the door. If Bowman’s excuse were the truth, the video would show him trying to open the door. Instead, he walked in the opposite direction.

Apparently, Bowman forgot that the U.S. Capitol, where he works, is one of the most surveilled and high-security buildings in the world. He must have also forgotten participating in fire drills in his decade as a middle school principal.

This new footage wasn’t made public until the day after Bowman reached an agreement with the D.C. attorney general. The charges were dropped in exchange for three months of probation, a $1,000 fine, and a formal apology. “Congressman Bowman was treated like anyone else who violates the law in the District of Columbia,” D.C. attorney general spokesman Gabriel Shoglow-Rubenstein said.

This light slap on the wrist for Bowman committing a felony on camera and getting caught lying about it is a clear example of a two-tiered justice system in our nation’s capital. There’s an ever-growing list of examples of protesters committing no clear crime on January 6th, 2021 in the Capitol protests but getting the book thrown at them. Some are even doing time in federal prison, like InfoWars host Owen Shroyer, who didn’t even enter the building, currently serving a six-month sentence in Speaker Mike Johnson’s district.


There’s a similar double standard within the House of Representatives itself. Republican Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona’s 9th district was censured and stripped of his committee assignments in November 2021 under Speaker Nancy Pelosi because of a tweet with a video showing an anime version of himself attacking characters with Joe Biden and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s faces superimposed on them. The Republican-controlled House, now led by Speaker Mike Johnson, has leveled no such punishment on Bowman, despite being caught red-handed committing a crime to sabotage the work of Congress and lying about it.