The Latest: Capitol police boss cites ‘multi-tiered failure’


WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest Congressional testimony on the Capitol uprising (all local times):

11:10 a.m.

The acting head of the police The United States Capitol Building said the agency’s incident command protocols “were not followed” on the day of the Capitol uprising.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said commanders overseeing officers were supposed to give instructions as violent mobs stormed the Capitol. But she says there has been “failure on many levels.”

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler on Thursday presented a series of leadership failures within the police from the U.S. Capitol as thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol as Congress gathered to vote to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory over Donald Trump. Beutler says agents functioned without proper communication or solid guidance from supervisors.

Pittman says officials are working on communications and have streamlined communication with other agencies.

Five people died in the riot, including an officer from the Capitol.



The head of the police Acting U.S. Capitol Yogananda Pittman and Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett appear before a House subcommittee to discuss the deadly January 6 insurgency. Lawmakers are pressing them for answers on the intelligence and procedural failures that allowed thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump to storm Capitol Hill.




The acting head of the police of the United States Capitol Building said cell phone tapes confirm former Chief Steven Sund’s account that he repeatedly asked his superiors for National Guard help during the Jan.6 insurgency. .

Testifying before Congress on Thursday, Acting Leader Yogananda Pittman has repeatedly listed as she said Sund called the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms as a violent crowd surged outside the Capitol building .

Pittman says Sund’s phone records show he called former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving at 12:58 p.m. to ask for the guard, then called former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger at 1:05 p.m. Pittman says Sund made at least four more calls in the next 40 minutes.

Sund and Irving disagreed earlier this week on when the Chief requested custody. Sund testified that he asked the guard at 1:09 p.m., while Irving denied receiving a call at that time.

The guard did not arrive for several hours, leaving Capitol police overwhelmed to fight rioters who in many cases were better armed than they were.

Five people died in the riot, including an officer from the Capitol.

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