• By The Financial District

CHIEF OF CAPITOL POLICE TO QUIT ON JANUARY 16

The chief of the United States Capitol Police will resign Jan. 16, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Thursday, one day after the agency was roundly criticized for failing to protect the Capitol from a violent incursion by extremists loyal to President Trump, Michael Levenson and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs reported for the New York Times.

The chief, Steven A. Sund, made the decision hours after Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, had called on him to resign. “Mr. Sund, he hasn’t even called us since this happened,” Ms. Pelosi said. The Capitol Police officers’ union also had called for Mr. Sund to step down.


Mr. Sund had been the chief of the Capitol Police since June 2019, and had previously served with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington for more than 25 years.

As Capitol Police chief, he oversaw more than 2,300 officers and civilian employees responsible for protecting Congress and the building itself.


But the destruction on Wednesday, when a mob incited by Mr. Trump stormed into the Capitol, prompted outrage, anger and fear among members of Congress who demanded to know why the police had not been more prepared.


Many also questioned why many of those who had broken into the building had been allowed to leave without being arrested.



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