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Capitol Police Chief Sund resigns just hours after DEFENDING his division's response to DC rioting


The Capitol Police chief filed his resignation Thursday night after Nancy Pelosi and the union that represented his officers asked him to resign after Congress was not protected at all on Wednesday.

Steve Sund, who was named to the role in June 2019, will step down on January 16 – four days before Joe Biden's inauguration.

His resignation came after that of Sergeant at Arms, Paul Irving, whose job it is to protect the house.

He resigned Thursday after being told that he would be fired for failing to protect the Capitol as heads rolled over the terrible day of violence in the American capital.

Irving had been warned by Chuck Schumer that he would be fired for the utter failure of his office to prevent armed insurgents from entering the chamber of the house.

Pelosi called for Chief Sund's resignation on Thursday.

He failed to call the National Guard to help on Wednesday and instead left his 2,000 police officers on the hill to deal with the nearly 10,000 crowd.

Four rioters and a Capitol police officer died in chaos on Wednesday.

The Capitol Police were instantly overwhelmed and some were seen running away in fear of the rioters.

It wasn't until 3:11 p.m. – almost four hours after Trump spoke at the rally – that 1,100 armed National Guardsmen were finally mobilized. Five thousand more from neighboring states were drafted, but were inexplicably told to perform outside the Capitol and not go into the center of the action to help.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had asked for National Guard assistance Tuesday through Thursday New Year's Eve, but she was only given 340 unarmed troops whose job it was to assist with traffic. It is unclear whether she pushed back and asked for more or why so few were supplied. On Thursday she shrugged and said the Capitol Police should have asked for their own assistance.

Steven A. Sund, Capitol Police Chief, announced his resignation after defending his officers as "brave". He said a review would be done. Police are now building a 7-foot wall around the Capitol to protect it in the coming weeks

Sergeant Paul D. Irving (left) – whose job it is to protect the Chamber of the House – and Capitol Police chief Steven Sund (right) both resigned Thursday. Police are now building a 7-foot wall around the Capitol to protect it in the coming weeks

Just before 2 p.m., the rioters descended on Capitol Hill while lawmakers approved the vote. The violence escalated over the next two hours. Some broke into politicians' offices, sat at their desks mocking and left threatening notes. One of the protesters was shot dead by police officers (bottom right)

Video stills show how the cops were overwhelmed by the sheer crowd. They sped past them before charging into the Capitol

Video stills show how the cops were overwhelmed by the sheer crowd. They sped past them before charging into the Capitol

Video stills show how the cops were overwhelmed by the sheer crowd. They sped past them before charging into the Capitol

A frightened and outnumbered Capitol Hill police officer crouches as the mob rushes towards him Wednesday

A frightened and outnumbered Capitol Hill police officer crouches as the mob rushes towards him Wednesday

An outnumbered Capitol cop in the Capitol building as Trump supporters storm the building

An outnumbered Capitol cop in the Capitol building as Trump supporters storm the building

A Capitol Police officer runs away from the MAGA mob after breaking through the building with little resistance

A Capitol Police officer runs away from the MAGA mob after breaking through the building with little resistance

Soft Touch: A Trump rioter is hand-led down the steps of the Capitol Building by a police officer in riot gear while others step back and watch the mayhem

Soft Touch: A Trump rioter is hand-led down the steps of the Capitol Building by a police officer in riot gear while others step back and watch the mayhem

Right before the U.S. Capitol is destroyed, the Capitol Police are hit with bear spray as they try to keep the protesters out

Right before the U.S. Capitol is destroyed, the Capitol Police are hit with bear spray as they try to keep the protesters out

Posing for photos: Police in the Capitol agree to take selfie photos with members of the MAGA mob who stormed the center of US democracy

Posing for photos: Police in the Capitol agree to take selfie photos with members of the MAGA mob who stormed the center of US democracy

Now defense and law enforcement officials, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, say it was a deliberate move not to take heavily armed police or troops onto the streets because they did not want to spark tension between protesters and counter-protesters.

According to the sources, police tried to avoid the tension that was witnessed over the summer when BLM protesters clashed with police in cities across the country.

The strategy seriously failed on Wednesday.

Videos have surfaced of some officials assisting some of the rioters down the steps of the Capitol Building, standing aside as crowds rush past them and even running away in fear up the stairs.

These images are in stark contrast to the clandestine police reaction during the summer's BLM protests. Only 80 people have been arrested and the police are seeking public help to identify dozens of others. In June, 289 were arrested during a single night of BLM protests.

Now indignant Americans are demanding answers as to why no more was done to stop the crowd and prevent the first attempted coup since 1814.

Capitol Hill Police Department face difficult questions as to why more was not being done to prepare for the mayhem.

At a press conference on Thursday, Mayor Bowser "clearly" said there had been "a failure", but blamed the different jurisdictions between the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the Capitol Police.

"Our federal partners let us down"

DC Attorney General Karl Racine

“We'll have a lot of time to find out what happened.

"Obviously it was a failure or you wouldn't have broken the police lines and people terrorizing Congressmen and fulfilling a sacred constitutional requirement.

& # 39; Obviously there was a mistake. There has to be a real investigation into what happened, ”she said.

She shrugged at the police failure, saying it was up to the Capitol Police, not the MPD, for which she was responsible, to prepare.

SCHAOS SCHEDULE

6 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING: The crowd is starting to gather for the Trump rally, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.

On December 19, Trump called on his fans on Twitter to gather in Washington DC. He said: “Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, be wild!

They gathered peacefully by the thousands outside the White House to wish Eric Trump a happy birthday first and then to leave from the President himself.

11.50 a.m .: Trump speaks at the Save America Rally and promises to go to the Capitol with the crowd

In a long, preaching-like speech that lasted more than an hour, Trump told his fans that he would go with them. No violence was mentioned at this point.

"And after that, we'll go down there, and I'll be there with you, we'll go down … to the Capitol and we'll cheer on our brave senators and congressmen," he said.

However, he did not go with them as promised.

13 o'clock:: The legislature gathers in the Chamber of the House to confirm Biden's election victory

1:10 p.m.: Rioters arrive at the Capitol and clash with the police.

At 1:26 p.m., the Capitol Police ordered the evacuation of the Library of Congress, Madison Building, and Cannon House Office Building, but not the House Chamber

1.40 p.m.Mayor Muriel Bows orders a 6 p.m. curfew but does nothing to address the escalating situation at the Capitol.

In the meantime, the Capitol Police are calling for assistance.

2:11 p.m .: The rioters climb the walls of the Capitol. Vice President Mike Pence is evacuated from the Chamber of the House moments later.

2.39 p.m .: Videos and photos are created in which rioters break the windows of the Capitol building

2.47 p.m .: Rioters can be seen on the podium

2:53 p.m .: Congress is removed from the chamber in breathing masks and escape hoods

3:51 pm The District of Columbia National Guard, approximately 1,100 soldiers, is mobilized to assist local law enforcement agencies.

6 p.m.: The curfew in Washington DC begins, many ignore it in order to stay there

8 p.m.: Legislature returns to chamber to confirm Biden's victory

& # 39; The Capitol has its own police department.

"We can't choose the Capitol to be their police station, but we are ready to help them anyway," she said.

She didn't say why MPD officers weren't there initially.

Capitol police said they called in MPD officials after the rioters staged their coup at 2 p.m.

In a statement earlier Thursday, Chief Sund defended his officers' efforts as "brave" but said the force would conduct a review of the error.

United States Capitol police officers and our law enforcement partners reacted bravely when faced with the thousands of people involved in rioting as they stormed the United States Capitol Building.

These individuals actively attacked the United States Capitol and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, released chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers.

They were determined to enter the Capitol building, doing great damage.

“The violent attack on the US Capitol is unlike any I've seen in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington DC. Maintaining public safety in an open environment – especially with First Amendment activity – has long been a challenge. & # 39;

He added that the force has a "robust plan" to respond to peaceful protests.

& # 39; The USCP had a solid plan in place to address the anticipated First Amendment activities. But make no mistake – this mass riot was not First Amendment activity; They were criminal riot.

& # 39; The actions of USCP officers have been heroic given the situation they faced, and I continue to have great respect for the professionalism and dedication of the women and men of the United States Capitol Police.

"The USCP is conducting a thorough review of this incident, security planning, and policies and procedures."

It wasn't until 3:15 p.m. that 1,100 National Guard troops were pulled together to support the Capitol Police. By then, a Trump supporter had been shot trying to break through the building.

The decision was ultimately made by Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller, but it's unclear why he and everyone else waited so long.

Additional National Guard troops from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware have been put on standby, but it's also unclear why they weren't told to go straight to the Capitol to help.

On December 31, Mayor Bowser filed a motion that the National Guard forces be in town from January 5-7.

She cited Trump's rally as the reason and the fact that it was timed to confirm the vote.

However, Bowser only received 340 unarmed troops to aid in traffic control.

At a press conference on Monday, she vowed that rioters should not take over the city or cause violence, but said nothing about needing additional help from the National Guard.

Acting police chief of the DC Metropolitan, Robert Contee, also said he knew that "armed" protesters would crowd in large numbers

“There are people who want to come to our city armed. Some of our findings are certainly suggesting that the crowd will increase, ”he said.

Even so, nothing was done to intensify the response.

On Thursday morning, DC Attorney General Karl Racine said they had been "disappointed" with federal partners.

On MSNBC he said: & # 39; D.C. Law enforcement officers, frankly, they did their job.

They helped the Capitol Police restore order and arrested people under the curfew that Mayor Bowser called.

"Our federal partners have let us down."

He also called for a "full accounting" and investigation into the Capitol violation.

"That means the FBI, the videotapes, the photos, the social media – those who terrorized the Capitol are fully investigated and prosecuted," he said.

Days before Wednesday's chaos, the rioters openly discussed their plans to overtake the Capitol or incite the slightest violence.

On niche sites like TheDonald, Trump fans told themselves they should bring guns to the Capitol to fight certification of Joe Biden's election victory.

& # 39; All those cops who don't want to bring guns to DC have to stop.

& # 39; This is America. F *** D.C. it is in the constitution. Bring your goddamn guns, ”said a post that received more than 5,000“ upvotes ”.

Jared Holt, a visiting researcher at DFRLab, told BuzzFeed on Wednesday: “Extremists have repeatedly expressed their intention to take part in the January 6 protests for weeks and brazenly expressed their desire for chaos and violence online.

“What we've seen is the manifestation of this violent online rhetoric in real danger.

A pipe bomb was left outside the RNC on Wednesday

A pipe bomb was left outside the RNC on Wednesday

"The earliest call we got specifically on our radar today was a militia movement chat room talking about being 'ready for blood' if nothing changes for Trump."

Former DC Police Chief Charles Ramsey was among the many incredulous voices on Wednesday as he watched the situation.

“How they weren't ready today, I don't know.

& # 39; They were overwhelmed, they didn't have the resources. You must be able to protect the Capitol. It's not OK. & # 39;

Earlier, in an interview with CNN, he said, “In my opinion, there was no way they should have gotten into this building, but we'll look at that later, it's like post-event nonsense.

“Right now they have to take back the capital and they have to do it by force.

"I think everyone in this building should be handcuffed by now," he added.

“They should do that. I don't know what they're doing there, but there is no question that they have to lock them up. & # 39;

“There's talk of casting DC on the internet now, so I don't know if this is part of it or not, but you need to be on high alert.

"You won't be able to have these people set up camps, but their next challenge will be on January 20th, on the day of the inauguration, but in the meantime, those next few days will be quite sensitive."

& # 39; The Capitol Police were unprepared for the sheer size of the protest … (they) were overwhelmed and couldn't react quickly enough

David Gomez, a retired FBI manager

He added that it was hoped that Biden counter-protesters would not show up on Wednesday evening so that the rest of the demonstrations could continue more peacefully.

"I mean, this is a mess so you should take control as soon as possible," Ramsey continued.

"Let me tell you it won't be nice, you will have to use physical force to get these people moving, but you have to take back the Capitol, there are no two options."

A former FBI manager also said the police were "unprepared".

The Capitol Police were unprepared for the sheer size of the protest. By the time they broke through the Capitol, the possibility existed that it would be a major protest that did not cross these barricades.

Supporters of President Donald Trump lock up the U.S. Capitol as election results are due to be confirmed in Washington DC on January 6, 2021 after passing police officers

Supporters of President Donald Trump lock up the U.S. Capitol as election results are due to be confirmed in Washington DC on January 6, 2021 after passing police officers

The Capitol Police turned their backs on the mob on Wednesday as thousands descended on the Capitol Building

The Capitol Police turned their backs on the mob on Wednesday as thousands descended on the Capitol Building

The Capitol Police turned their backs on the mob on Wednesday as thousands descended on the Capitol Building

Trump rioters climb the walls of the U.S. Capitol building after storming past the police

Trump rioters climb the walls of the U.S. Capitol building after storming past the police

Protesters break televisions outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Protesters break televisions outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Trump supporters attempt to break a police cordon at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. As Congress prepares to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to demonstrate their support for the president

Trump supporters attempt to break a police cordon at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. As Congress prepares to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to demonstrate their support for the president

A supporter of President Donald Trump takes a seat and holds a sign outside the Senate Chamber when violence broke out in the Capitol

A supporter of President Donald Trump takes a seat and holds a sign outside the Senate Chamber when violence broke out in the Capitol

Richard & # 39; Bigo & # 39; Barnett sets up Nancy Pelosi's desk after breaking into the Capitol

Richard & # 39; Bigo & # 39; Barnett sets up Nancy Pelosi's desk after breaking into the Capitol

Ashli ​​Babbitt was shot dead in the US Capitol

Paramedics tend to see Babbit moments after she was shot dead in the Capitol on Wednesday

Ashli ​​Babbitt was shot dead in the U.S. Capitol when Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building and violently clashed with police to prevent Joe Biden's victory from being confirmed

A 7ft fence will be erected on Thursday after the group tries

A 7ft fence will be erected on Thursday after the group tries

Efforts are currently being made to secure the Capitol. Joe Biden will be inaugurated in two weeks

Efforts are currently being made to secure the Capitol. Joe Biden will be inaugurated in two weeks

"When they did that, the police officers were overwhelmed and couldn't react quickly enough," David Gomez, a retired FBI executive, told the Wall Street Journal.

RIOTERS PLANTE COUP ON SOCIAL MEDIA DAYS BEFORE THE SIEGE

Days before Wednesday's chaos, the rioters openly discussed their plans to overtake the Capitol or incite the slightest violence.

On niche sites like TheDonald, Trump fans told themselves they should bring guns to the Capitol to fight certification of Joe Biden's election victory.

& # 39; All those cops who don't want to bring guns to DC have to stop.

& # 39; This is America. F *** D.C. it is in the constitution. Bring your goddamn guns, ”said a post that received more than 5,000“ upvotes ”.

Jared Holt, a visiting researcher at DFRLab, told BuzzFeed on Wednesday: “Extremists have repeatedly expressed their intention to take part in the January 6 protests for weeks and brazenly expressed their desire for chaos and violence online.

“What we've seen is the manifestation of this violent online rhetoric in real danger.

"The earliest call we got specifically on our radar today was a militia movement chat room talking about being 'ready for blood' if nothing changes for Trump."

Parler, who describes himself as a "network of free speech," also spoke of violence.

Daniel Jones, president of Advance Democracy, told USA Today on Wednesday, “We are seeing significant amounts of rhetoric online.

"And we see this rhetoric – fueled by President Trump's election fraud claims – on all social media platforms."

However, it is unclear whether any of the websites notified the authorities of the high level of rhetoric or their concerns.

Larry Schaefer, a retired Capitol Police veteran, told Pro Publica that he was stunned by the reaction.

“It's not a spontaneous demonstration that just popped up.

"We have a planned, well-known demonstration that has historically been prone to violence and threats to carry guns. Why not prepare like we have in the past?" he asked.

On Thursday morning, political experts and commentators across the board raged against officials from the Capitol Police and DC for escalating the chaos so badly.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough raged on Morning Joe: "I have no questions for Donald Trump, he is an insurgent, there are no questions, he should be arrested today, he should be jailed today for insurrection against the United States .

“But I wonder this morning why they weren't better prepared for it? Why weren't the Capitol Hill police better prepared for this?

“I never complained when you were tough, I want you to protect people's homes!

"Yesterday we saw them pat terrorists on the back. We see them taking selfies with people who are anti-American and insurgent. They politely open the door to terrorists who have scribbled on the door . " Murder of the Media "had this broken through?

“Just let them pass and let these Trump supporters pass freely.

& # 39; And open doors politely. To the insurgents.

& # 39; There has to be an investigation.

“How many of these Capitol Hill cops are Donald Trump cults? How many? How many allowed that? And I want to know where the hell the DC police were?

“If these insurgents were black, they would have been shot in the face. And my God, if these riots had been Muslim, they would have been torn from the tops of the buildings.

“So I want to know what it is from the Capitol Hill police, all white people? Or are they supporters of Donald Trump?

“Why are you yelling at people crossing the street three blocks from the capital?

“Why are you known as Bada ** es in the capital, but then Trump supporters come in and you hold the doors open for them?

“You open the doors for them? And let them break through people's homes! What's wrong with you? & # 39;

Rep. Tim Ryan said he believed there were some "strategic mistakes" from the start after videos surfaced on social media showing officials pulling aside barriers for protesters and even taking selfies.

He promised that the Capitol Police would be dismissed immediately because of the "embarrassment" their reaction to the "coup attempt" was.

"I think it's pretty clear that there are going to be a number of people who are going to be out of work very, very soon," said Ryan, "because this is an embarrassment – on behalf of the mob, as well as the president, and the. " Insurrection and the attempted coup, but also the lack of professional planning and handling of what we knew, would occur. & # 39;

"You can bet we'll get to the bottom of this," added the Ohio Democrat.

Chuck Schumer urges Pence and Cabinet to remove Donald Trump with the 25th addition NOW

Donald Trump has not been seen since Wednesday afternoon when he frenzied supporters

Donald Trump has not been seen since Wednesday afternoon when he frenzied supporters

Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, calls on the President's Cabinet to use the 25th Amendment to invalidate President Donald Trump and put Vice President Mike Pence in command – after Trump fueled what he was in a wild Riot mob called in the Capitol Wednesday.

The New York Senator, who will soon become the majority leader once Joe Biden is sworn in, is amid growing concerns among Trump Cabinet officials, former top aides and his recently deceased attorney general about the president's conduct and the ongoing risks the president is facing the country might represent worried.

"The quickest and most effective way to remove this president from office is for the vice-president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment," said Schumer.

"If the vice president and cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should meet again to indict the president," added Schumer.

His statement came shortly after Illinois Republican MP Adam Kinzinger became the first House Republican elected to call on the Trump Cabinet and Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump's power.

"Mit schwerem Herzen rufe ich im Interesse unserer Demokratie dazu auf, den 25. Änderungsantrag in Anspruch zu nehmen", sagte Kinzinger in einer Erklärung, die er auf Twitter gepostet hat.

Kinzinger sagte, Trump habe "Leidenschaften hervorgerufen und entzündet, die nur dem Aufstand, den wir sahen, Treibstoff gaben".

Sein Kommentar folgte Reportern, dass Mitglieder des Kabinetts von Trump über die Verwendung der 25. Änderung der Verfassung diskutiert haben, um ihn für unfähig zu erklären.

Seine Aussage kam, als der frühere Generalstaatsanwalt Bill Barr, der seinen Posten vor Weihnachten verlassen hatte, Trump wegen "Orchestrierung eines Pöbels" ausrief.

Barr nannte es einen "Verrat an seinem Amt und seinen Anhängern".

Er sagte der Associated Press, dass "die Orchestrierung eines Mobs, um den Kongress unter Druck zu setzen, unentschuldbar ist".

Die Rede von der Verwendung des 25. Verfassungszusatzes kommt inmitten der Befürchtungen, welchen Schaden Trump möglicherweise selbst in den kurzen zwei Wochen seiner Amtszeit als Adjutanten aus seinem Weißen Haus anrichten könnte, und er schlägt weiterhin auf Feinde ein – mit Kontrolle über das Militär und massive Exekutivgewalt.

Mehrere Hausdemokraten haben nach dem gescheiterten Amtsenthebungsverfahren im Januar im Senat die Rede davon, durch ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren zu eilen.

Die 25. Änderung, die auch einen Präsidenten regelt, der freiwillig vorübergehend die Macht abgibt, verlangt, dass der Vizepräsident und "eine Mehrheit der Hauptbeamten der Exekutivabteilungen oder eines anderen Gremiums, das der Kongress gesetzlich vorsieht" die Kongress, dass der Präsident "nicht in der Lage ist, die Befugnisse und Pflichten seines Amtes zu erfüllen".

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