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Yogananda Pittman named acting US Capitol police chief after riots

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The US Capitol Police has appointed a Black woman as its acting police chief after the former head resigned in the fallout from the agency's inadequate response to pro-Trump rioters who staged an insurrection at the Capitol last week.

(CNN)The US Capitol Police has appointed a Black woman as its acting police chief after the former head resigned in the fallout from the agency's inadequate response to pro-Trump rioters who staged an insurrection at the Capitol last week.

Yogananda Pittman, who previously served as an assistant chief, will be the first woman and first Black person to head the Capitol Police, according to Morgan State University, the historically black school that Pittman graduated from in 1999.

Pittman's appointment will put her among the few Black women police chiefs in the nation.

Some of the women were among the police chiefs who came under fire last year when they were criticized for the police killings of Black men and how they handled the protests in their cities.

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