The Capitol Police Board has designated a new acting chief of police after the department's previous chief resigned in the wake of last week's breach of the U.S. Capitol.
USCP Police Chief Steven Sund’s resignation takes effect on Jan. 16, a police spokeswoman told news outlets.
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 presidential election, but proceedings in the chambers to debate whether to reject votes for Arizona were interrupted in the afternoon when a group of people stormed the Capitol.
So far, at least 90 people have been arrested on charges ranging from misdemeanor curfew violations to felonies related to assaults on police officers, possessing illegal weapons, and making death threats against lawmakers.
The Army confirmed to The Epoch Times that the account of the discussion is accurate.
Crow said McCarthy told him that the Pentagon was aware of “further possible threats posed by would-be terrorists” in the days up to and including the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.
Some people breached the Capitol building, however, and what followed were numerous acts of lawlessness and violence.
Four people were confirmed dead on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, among then a woman who was shot inside the Capitol building. The District of Columbia Police Department identified her as 35-year-old Ashley Babbitt (also spelt Ashli) of Huntington, Maryland. The department said the three others died in separate medical emergencies. They were 50-year-old Benjamin Philips of Pennsylvania, 55-year-old Kevin Greeson of Alabama, and 34-year-old Rosanne Boyland of Georgia.
A USCP officer, Brian Sicknick, also died due to injuries while on duty responding to the unrest. The agency confirmed in a statement that he died at about 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 7. His death is being investigated by the D.C. Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and its federal partners.
On Jan. 9, USCP confirmed the “off-duty” death of officer Howard Liebengood. The cause of Liebengood’s death hasn’t been released. It’s unclear whether the death is related to the unrest on Jan. 6.