Rep. Bowman Pleads Guilty to Falsely Pulling Fire Alarm; New Video Shows Him Tearing Down Warning Signs

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) has pleaded guilty to one count of falsely pulling a fire alarm after claiming that he had activated the alarm mistakenly in his “rush to get to a vote to avoid a government shutdown.”

Bowman set off the alarm in the Cannon House Office Building on Sept. 30 as lawmakers were about to vote on a spending measure to keep the government open. He claimed at the time that the door was usually open for votes, but was closed, and he accidentally activated the alarm, thinking it would open the door.

“I am embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door. I regret this and sincerely apologize for any confusion this caused,” he said at the time.

Republicans accused Bowman of trying to delay the vote on government funding and obstructing an official proceeding.

Surveillance video released Thursday shows the far-left Democrat removing the warning signs before pulling the fire alarm, and then quickly walking away without even attempting to open the door.

During a hearing in D.C. Superior Court Thursday morning, prosecutors told Magistrate Judge Dorsey Jones that after Bowman pulled the alarm, “he walked past seven uniformed Capitol Police officers without telling any of them that he was the one who pulled the alarm or that there was no fire in the Cannon office building.”

Bowman claimed that he didn’t stop to tell police there was no fire because he didn’t want to be late for the floor votes.

The New York Democrat entered his plea as part of a sweetheart deal with prosecutors that involves a minimal fine and a dismissal of the charge after three months.

Under the deal, Bowman is required to pay a $1,000 fine and write an apology letter to the U.S. Capitol Police chief. In return, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the charge against Bowman in three months, as long as he breaks no other laws during that time.

The congressman will have to return to court on Jan. 29, 2024, for a hearing to confirm his compliance with the agreement and for the formal dismissal of the charge against him.

Bowman said in a statement Wednesday that he accepts responsibility for his actions: “I am responsible for activating a fire alarm, I will be paying the fine issued, and look forward to these charges being ultimately dropped.”

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) secretary for the House Republican Conference, said on  X Wednesday that she would introduce a resolution to censure Bowman and remove him from all committee assignments for the remainder of the 118th Congress for activating the alarm.



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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: UNITED STATES - JULY 14: Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., is seen in the U.S. Capitol after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act vote on Friday, July 14, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)