The Capitol Police have borne most of the blame over the events of January 6. For good reason.
Although some demand what Nancy Pelosi was doing on that day, this police force was responsible for keeping the Capitol safe. Clearly, they failed.
Congress, to cover its own butt, denounced their chief and he resigned. New leaders were chosen—and an investigation was launched over their failures.
But now, the officers themselves are sending a strong message about their new leader.
From Western Journal:
Former Chief Steven Sund, who was denounced by members of Congress and others after the incursion, resigned in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot. He was replaced by acting Chief Yogananda Pittman.
The U.S. Capitol Police Labor Committee, which represents Capitol Police officers, announced that 92 percent of those participating in a recent ballot voted that they had no confidence in Pittman, according to CBS News.
After Chief Steven Sund was replaced by Yogananda Pittman, Capitol Police officers quickly voted against her.
They voted they had “no confidence” in Pittman. In addition, they voted no confidence in their other leaders.
The chairman of the union slammed the current leadership, saying they failed us. He sealed the deal by saying, “We know because we were there.”
Nobody else can really comment on what happened in the Capitol on January 6, but those men and women who saw it themselves.
Congress can hem and haw all they want, but they were hiding under desks while these cops had to restore law and order.
It seems the rank-and-file of the Capitol Police are putting the blame, not just on Sund, but on Pittman and all the senior leadership.
That’s pretty bad. It suggests the police saw no leadership, direction, or support from these folks during the crisis.
Union head Papathanasiou said it was the “darkest day” in their force’s history. And they don’t seem too happy about who will continue to lead them.
These officers called on Congress to consider other leadership, pointing to a few within the department who are “better suited.”
But it remains unclear if Congress will bother to listen.
- Congress installed a new Capitol Police chief after the former resigned.
- The police union passed a vote of no confidence for the new chief and senior leaders.
- They are calling on Congress to appoint “better” leaders in their place.
Source: Western Journal