According to a newly released report in The Daily Wire, Capitol Police in the District of Columbia are still fending off the ill effects of the way the Jan. 6 Capitols Hill riots went down.
“Members of the United States Capitol Police union reportedly issued a vote of no confidence in their upper levels of Capitol Police leadership late last week,” the Daily Wire reported.
The riots, which have been the subject of much controversy, going all the way to Congress in recent weeks, were believed to have been planned and executed by the Antifa members that were found, some of whom were arrested for their activity.
CNN, who has been firmly on board with the anti-police sentiment from the time it began to gain ground, reported that the union had already scheduled their no-confidence vote for the week that Officer Sicknick would lie in honor at the Capitol building, however officers complained that the timing was inappropriate, so it was postponed.
The newly scheduled vote started on Thursday afternoon and continued for 24 hours, “giving officers on three shifts a chance to vote at work” and both Union and non-union members were eligible to take part. The vote “was open to those who were represented by the collective bargaining agreement.”
Vote totals varied for each boss but each of the seven — acting Chief Yoganada Pittman, two assistant chiefs, three deputy chiefs and a captain in the division that staffs the Capitol building — were found not to have the confidence of rank-and-file officers, according to two sources who shared the vote totals with CNN.
Suspicion, anger, and outright accusations have swirled since the Jan. 6 riots that caused so many lawmakers to quake in fear at the sheer enormity of what was being undertaken by the protesters.
While many believe that the violence (including breaking windows, etc) was staged by Antifa, the incredible crowd that showed up to support then-President Donald Trump was unmistakably a force to be reckoned with.
Videos of some capitol police allowing individuals into the building where they were eventually told they should never have been, has caused confusion and has been part of what led to so much upheaval among the Capitol law officers. Former Chief Steven Sund resigned following the riots and Pittman was installed as acting chief on Jan. 8.
The New York Times reported on On Jan. 7 on the resignation of Sund, who was the acting Chief leading up to and during the attack.
“Steven Sund, the Capitol Police chief, will also leave his position on Jan. 16 after Ms. Pelosi called for his resignation, saying ‘Mr. Sund, he hasn’t even called us since this happened.’”
While there were others who also stepped down from their posts, on January 7, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he “requested and has received Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger’s immediate resignation,” according to NPR.
However, before Stenger officially resigned as the Senate Sergeant at Arms, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in his statement to NPR that he would fire Stenger if he did not resign before the “Democrats have a majority in the Senate.”
On January 26, new Acting Chief Pittman addressed members of the House Appropriations Committee, in a “closed-door briefing,” according to The New York Times and also offered a prepared statement in which she apologized on behalf of the Department:
“Let me be clear: the Department should have been more prepared for this attack. By January 4th, the Department knew that the January 6th event would not be like any of the previous protests held in 2020. We knew that militia groups and white supremacists organizations would be attending. We also knew that some of these participants were intending to bring firearms and other weapons to the event. We knew that there was a strong potential for violence and that Congress was the target. The Department prepared in order to meet these challenges, but we did not do enough.”