The U.S. Capitol Police have appointed a new acting chief following the resignation of former chief, Steven Sund, and have made history in doing so.
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It's safe to say it's been a historical couple of days in the world of U.S politics.As the plans for Biden's presidency unfold, tensions amongst the pro-Trump community have escalated.
And, while it took weeks for the president himself to concede to Biden...His supporters continued to fuel the flames behind his various election fraud allegations.
And last week, those tensions reached a breaking point.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:
"Go home, we love you, you're very special."
Shortly afterward, he was suspended from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram indefinitely.
But, despite Trump's nonchalant attitude, it didn't take long for the rioters to start facing the consequences of their actions.A man who could be seen protesting inside the Capitol building on Wednesday was quickly fired from his job at Navistar Direct Marketing, according to VT.
Navistar Direct Marketing said in a statement that they had been made aware of a man who was wearing a Navistar badge inside the Capitol building...And, after reviewing the photos, the employee - whose name has not been made public - was fired.
More rioters continued to publicly lose their jobs...
NEW: A Maryland company has terminated one of its employees after he was apparently captured in a picture during th… https://t.co/YaU1ob1NuM— Tre Ward (@Tre Ward)1610038700.0
News emerged in the days following the riots that Texan attorney, Paul Davis, had lost his job at Goosehead Insurance.
They revealed the news on Twitter:
This is Paul Davis. Paul is a lawyer. He’s also associate general counsel & director of human resources at Goosehea… https://t.co/T15t82tT4l— Roger Sollenberger (@Roger Sollenberger)1609980629.0
"Paul Davis, Associate General Counsel, is no longer employed by Goosehead."
Then news then emerged that Pennsylvania state representative Rick Saccone resigned after his employer, Saint Vincent College, launched an investigation.
Another big rioter was then quickly stung...
UPDATE: Man who broke into Nancy Pelosi's office and sat in her chair has been ARRESTED by the FBI.— Robert Scott (@Robert Scott)1610150018.0
He was identified as Richard Barnett.The sixty-year-old is now facing federal charges for his actions.
Then, 2 Capitol Police officers were suspended for their actions...
THEY LITERALLY JUST LET THEM THROUGH pic.twitter.com/tWMuchly8w— hermione lovers ONLY ❍ (@jihanbit) January 6, 2021
After footage showed them getting friendly with the rioters.
Rep. Tim Ryan made the announcement on Monday, saying at least 2 cops were being suspended for their actions.
.@RepTimRyan said at least two Capitol Police officers have been suspended for actions during Wednesday's Capitol attack.— Taylor Popielarz (@TaylorPopielarz) January 11, 2021
One officer had taken selfies with some rioters; another put a #MAGA hat on and started directing rioters.
“The Capitol Police are looking at everybody..."
One was apparently wearing a MAGA hat and directing rioters around the building, while the other took selfies with them.
The latter was caught on video...
It’s not suprising considering they’re also taking pictures with the rioters. 84% of cops voted republican😐 pic.twitter.com/X8UHupImHv— Leo is asleep (@barcodewristz) January 6, 2021
A viral clip from that day has surfaced, showing a cop pose for a photo with one of the insurrectionists.
Rep. Ryan reportedly said Capitol Police are looking at everybody, especially those in their own ranks.
.@RepTimRyan said he's heard there are 10-15 investigations into Capitol Police officers related to Wednesday's attack, but he doesn't know details.— Taylor Popielarz (@TaylorPopielarz) January 11, 2021
“The interim chief is taking aggressive action within the department to find out if there was any” help or coordination.
The FBI believes there are signs of an inside job, and is investigating the capitol officers on duty that day.
And as a result, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned.
The Capitol Police Board oversees the United States Capitol Police. It has 4 members:— Mike Young (@mikeyoung44) January 7, 2021
Paul D. Irving
Michael C. Stenger
J Brett Blanton
After a failure as big as today's, they can't keep their jobs. pic.twitter.com/JHd24FqyY0
He and his department have faced endless backlash for how things went down during the riot.
His resignation came after hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for his firing in the wake last weeks events.
BREAKING:— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) January 7, 2021
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced he will resign. pic.twitter.com/qmuGlhQASX
In his letter of resignation Sund informed members of the Capitol Police Board that his resignation will come into effect on January 16th, People reported.
And now, a new acting chief has been appointed.
U.S. Capitol Police have a new acting chief after the chief announced he would resign in the wake of the Capitol riot.— Rev. Wendy Hamilton🦉🍎🗽🧢 (@revwendy3) January 11, 2021
Asst.Chief Yogananda Pittman will be the acting chief. She joined the department in 2001, rose through the ranks and is Asst.Chief for Protective and Intel Ops pic.twitter.com/FkKacXNzwg
Yogananda Pittman is the new acting chief appointed by U.S. Capitol Police.
Her new role makes her the first woman and first black person to head the organization, USCP confirmed to NPR.
What an achievement!
Pittman joined the department back in in 2001 after previously working as an assistant chief.
She has worked her way up through the ranks since graduating from Morgan State University in 1999.
Pittman joined the USCP in 2001 and in 2006 was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the Department's Communications Division.
In 2010 she then progressed again, being promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the House Division.
In 2012, Pittman kept climbing as she achieved the rank of captain and became one of the first Black female supervisors in that role.
By 2015, she was promoted to inspector and then just three years later deputy chief.
Pittmans current role is in protective and intelligence operations where she serves as the assistant chief.
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