US Capitol police to hold vote of no confidence Thursday
February 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Capitol Police officers sweep the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. Following a rally yesterday with President Donald Trump on the National Mall, a pro-Trump mob stormed and broke into the U.S. Capitol building causing a Joint Session of Congress to delay the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Trump. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Members of the US Capitol Police plan to hold a vote of no confidence Thursday, more than a month after the January 6 riot at the Capitol that left dozens of officers injured and led to the death of officer Brian Sicknick.
(CNN)Members of the US Capitol Police plan to hold a vote of no confidence Thursday, more than a month after the January 6 riot at the Capitol that left dozens of officers injured and led to the death of officer Brian Sicknick.
Officers recently told CNN that intelligence and operational failures left them vulnerable to the attack and said they worry current leadership is incapable of managing future incidents.
Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the union representing rank-and-file officers, told CNN the vote targets top leadership, including acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, Assistant Chief Chad Thomas, acting Assistant Chief Sean Gallagher, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Pickett, Deputy Chief Timothy A.
Officers will be able to vote on each individual.
A separate ballot will be available for officers who work the Capitol Division of the department, and they'll be asked to vote on a captain in that division, Papathanasiou said.
According to an email sent to members of the department obtained by CNN late Tuesday, Pittman told officers the vote illustrates "the sentiment and concerns of some of our officers," adding that she is working to address their frustrations.
The planned vote was originally scheduled for the week of February 1 but was pushed back out of respect for Sicknick's memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda after officers called the timing of the vote disrespectful.
The fallout from the insurrection has been compounded by an officer's subsequent suicide and a Covid-19 outbreak that has infected dozens of people within the Capitol Police.
Officers are still nursing significant physical wounds and countless others are dealing with the psychological trauma of the day -- all while working long hours to keep the Capitol secure.
"The officers are angry, and I don't blame them," Papathanasiou said.