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“Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.” The January 6 riot and the invasion of the Capitol building in Washington DC were, as a police officer would say, an epic fail. An epic fail in planning and coordinating a defense in a city that probably has the largest presence of different law enforcement agencies in the United States. From Fox News:
The U.S. Capitol Police Labor Union on Monday delivered an “overwhelming vote of No Confidence” on the senior leadership of the U.S. Capitol Police.
The vote comes after the Executive Board of the Capitol Police Union last week called for its members to consider a vote of no confidence following the senior leadership’s mishandling of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.
The union said that 92% of its members voted no confidence in acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who assumed the role two days after the riots. Papathanasiou said there are leaders within the department that are better suited for leadership.
“We hope Congressional leaders and the entire Capitol Hill community understands that continuing with the current USCP leadership is not an option,” he said.
“The current leadership is just a continuation of the past regimes on this Department and there needs to be accountability. Their failures are inexcusable. This vote, which the majority of the officers in the bargaining unit participated in, shows they have lost our trust. The anger in this department is widespread and the trust that has been broken it is not going to be regained.”
The acting chief was not the only supervisor named in the “No Confidence Vote.” As I watched the battle for the bicycle racks, I was surprised to see officers that had to engage in hand-to-hand combat with worthless collapsible batons. There were no less-than-lethal impact munitions or chemical agents to allow the officers to maintain some physical distance from the rioters.
Nancy Pelosi has called for an investigation and she is right; there should be an investigation. The investigators should not be members of Congress. Investigators should not include Adam Schiff, or Feng Feng’s consort, Eric Swalwell, or any other member of Congress. If you are seeking the truth, rather than obfuscating the truth, elected officials should be excluded from trying to shape the narrative.
An investigation should include testimony from the officers present during the riot and the plan to defend the Capitol, or the lack of a plan.Published in