Capitol Police Announce New Chief as Black Woman | 22 Words

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.

On January 6th, during which a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden’s election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.

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...

As rioters clashed with the few police officers in presence.

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...

However, details surrounding the other 3 fatalities remain unclear. "One adult female and 2 adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies on or around Capitol grounds," Contee said, "which resulted in their deaths."

From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.

The president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.

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...

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:

"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...

This time, it's the man who was photographed "taking over" Nancy Pelosi's office.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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What an achievement!

Pittman joined the department back in in 2001 after previously working as an assistant chief.

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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.

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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.

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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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