Capitol Police officers suspended in Capitol riot

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2021

Police officers in the nation's Capitol honored fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

Members of the Capitol Police are under investigation for their actions as rioters attacked the Capitol building.

There will be no public access to the Capitol grounds during Joe Biden's inauguration as US president on January 20, acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman said.

Now, the Capitol police chief is stepping down earlier than expected amid criticism on the handling of the attack by law enforcement, and a second Capitol officer who was present during the riot has died.

He said a perimeter of unscalable fencing has been erected around the Capitol and a "significant number" of National Guard units from a variety of states will assist local police agencies with security. The U.S. House is planning to vote Wednesday.

The U.S. Capitol Police announced Friday that Yogananda Pittman would become the department's new acting chief, making her the first woman to serve in that position.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told reporters Monday that one of the suspended officers had taken selfies with rioters, and the other put on a "Make America Great Again" hat and directed protesters within the building.

"He's been there for many years and, of course, what a shock".

"My team and I are heartbroken over the loss of Officer Howard Liebengood, a beloved and dedicated officer who devoted the past 15 years to keeping the Capitol community safe", Romney said in the statement.

The Metropolitan Police Department released photos of 60 people wanted for federal crimes connected to the "insurrection and assault on a police officer" in Washington D.C. last week.

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