Capitol Police Union calls for acting chief to step aside after Senate report on Jan. 6 riot

The chairman of the Capitol Police union on Wednesday called on acting chief Yogananda Pittman to step aside after the Joint Senate Committee report on the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection.

Gus Papathanasiou said the report showed that Pittman and other senior leadership failed to adequately prepare their officers with equipment and intelligence to respond to the breach, as well as failed to communicate with their officers while the attack was happening.

“The time has come for those in senior leadership who failed us, to stand aside. It is not enough to scapegoat others,” Papathanasiou said in a statement.

“Those most responsible, including Acting Chief Pittman who was in charge of intelligence prior to the insurrection, need to step aside for the good of the department,” he said. “As the Senate report found, our leadership failed us and we paid a horrible price.”

Capitol Police declined to comment.

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