The tensions stemming from January’s Capitol Hill riot have eased substantially in the subsequent months, but there appears to be plenty of remaining turmoil within the ranks of the Capitol Police force.
According to Breitbart, one day before Senate panels released a report on the security failures of the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol building, Capitol Police Assistant Chief Chad Thomas abruptly announced his resignation.
“The darkest day”
The announcement marked the second-highest-ranking departure from the agency after Chief Steven Sund handed in his resignation a short time after the riot.
News of Thomas’s decision came several months after the Capitol Police Labor Committee voted overwhelmingly to express “no confidence” in his ability to continue in the role. Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who took over Sund’s duties, received a similar vote at the same time.
Union chairman Gus Papathanasiou pointed to the second impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump for evidence of “the violence that Capitol Police officers faced during the insurrection,” calling it “the darkest day in the history of the department.”
As for the votes of no confidence, he said that they were “overwhelming because our leadership clearly failed us.”
In a Politico report, Capitol Police chief of staff Salley Wood announced on Monday that Thomas would be “separating” from the agency, thanking him for his service over the past quarter of a century.
“The failures are obvious”
The Senate report cited failures in security measures that day, which allowed hundreds of protesters to storm the Capitol building.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) responded to the 127-page report with a critical statement, asserting: “The failures are obvious. I think to me it was all summed up by one of the things in our report where one of the officers was heard on the radio that day asking the tragically simple question: ‘Does anybody have a plan?’ Sadly, no one did.”
The document included social media posts by some of the riot’s planners.
A number of those messages provided clear instructions regarding what protesters were advised to do and where they should go once inside the Capitol building.
Democrats have attempted to form a 9/11-style bipartisan commission to further investigate the riot, but Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to the plan.