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Capitol Police Names New Acting Chief Following Breach of Capitol Building

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Capitol Police Names New Acting Chief Following Breach of Capitol Building

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The Capitol Police Board has designated a new acting chief of police after its previous chief resigned in the wake of last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol. Yogananda Pittman, who joined the agency in 2001, has been named as acting Capitol chief of police, according to a statement. Pittman joined the U.S. Capitol Police Department (USCP) in 2001, rose through the ranks, and currently holds the post of assistant chief for protective and intelligence operations. USCP Police Chief Steven Sund’s resignation comes into effect on Jan. 16, a police spokeswoman told news outlets. Sund said that police planned for a free speech demonstration and did not expect a violent attack, which he said was unlike anything he had experienced in his 30 years in law enforcement. Lawmakers had gathered on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol for a joint session of Congress to count and certify Electoral College votes for the 2020 …

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