Il sindacato della polizia del Campidoglio rimprovera i vertici dei vertici dopo che gli agenti della rivolta hanno riportato lesioni cerebrali, si perderà l'occhio

Il sindacato della polizia del Campidoglio rimprovera i vertici dei vertici dopo che gli agenti della rivolta hanno riportato lesioni cerebrali, si perderà l'occhio

L'unione che rappresenta gli Stati Uniti. Capitol Police officers rebuked the department’s top brass Wednesday, arguing that leadership failed to relay key information to officers in advance of the Jan. 6 sommossa that left cops with severe brain injuries, and one who is going to lose an eye.

Capitol Police Labor Committee Chairman Gus Papathanasiou responded in a statement to what he described as astartling admissionmade by Chief Yogananda D. Pittman before the House Appropriations Committee thatangered and shocked the rank-and-file officers.

During her testimony Tuesday, Pittman said that intelligence available as early as Jan. 4 indicated that the event in Washington, D.C., il gen. 6 “would not be like any of the previous protests held in 2020,admitting that the department was awaremilitia and white supremacist organizations would be attending,” some of these participantswere intending to bring firearms and other weaponsto the event, e “there was a strong potential for violence and that Congress was the target.


The fact they did not relay this information to the officers on duty prior to the insurrection is inexcusable,” Papathanasiou said. “The officers are angry and I don’t blame them. The entire executive team failed us and they must be held accountable. Their inaction cost lives.

Pittmancites radio communications as a problem during the riots, but the real communications breakdown was silence from our leadership, before the insurrection and while it was underway,” Papathanasiou said. “They failed to share key intelligence with officers in advance, they failed to prepare adequately, they failed to equip our officers with a plan and on that very day, they failed to lead.

This was not a ‘whole department’ fallimento, but a leadership failure,” Egli ha detto.

Quasi 140 ufficiali — between both U.S. Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) — were injured during the incident on Jan. 6. Papathanasiou said officers whowere not issued helmets prior to the attackhave sustained brain injuries. One officer hastwo cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs,” and one officer isgoing to lose his eye, and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake,” Egli ha detto.

We have one officer who lost his life as a direct result of the insurrection. Another officer has tragically taken his own life,” Ha aggiunto, referencing both Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died at the hospital from injuries sustained whilephysically engagingwith rioters, and another Capitol Police officer, Howard Liebengood, who died by suicide days after responding to the incident on Jan. 6.


A second officer suicide was announced TuesdayJeffery Smith, with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, who also took his own life in the days after responding to the insurrection.

Speaking to Fox News about the injuries, Papathanasiou said he blames the chiefs of policewho took ‎away our riot helmets and gas masks weeks and months ago.He said he believes it was an MPD officer who suffered the eye injury, e “would also add, the union addressed the issue on the helmets in writing, as well as in formal meetings, and the Chiefs flat out ignored us.

Nel suo lengthy statement responding to Pittman’s testimony, Papathanasiou said the disclosure that the entire executive teammade up of Pittman, former Chief Steven Sund and Assistant Chief Chad B. Tommaso — “knew what was coming but did not better prepare us for potential violence, including the possible use of firearms against us, is unconscionable.

Our union has long advocated for more training, more staff and better equipment, only to be repeatedly ignored by our leadership,” Egli ha detto. “Ancora, Acting Chief Pittman now blames these glaring inadequacies for contributing to the failure to protect the Capitol on January 6th.

The union head called on Congress to recognize that leaders already exist within the department — “some of whom battled side by side with officers during the insurrection” — who are capable of implementing needed changes, ma “those leaders do not exist at the Chief of Assistant Chief level, possibly the Deputy Chief level,” Egli ha detto.

The next chief should not be recruited from outside the department, ha sostenuto, because he or she needs to beshovel ready on the day,” have the confidence of officers and becausethere is no time for on-the-job training given the ongoing threats we are facing.

Our officers need leadership they can trust,” Papathanasiou said.

Papathanasiou also challenged one detail from Pittman’s account about who ordered the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol a gennaio. 6. Pittman told Congress that she ordered the lockdown, but the union countered that Inspector Thomas Loyd initially ordered the lockdown and that Pittman’s order did not come until later.

Acting Chief Pittman stated that she ordered the lockdown,” Papathanasiou added. “Per essere chiari, it was actually Inspector Loyd who initially ordered the Capitol lockdown approximately one hour prior to Chief Pittman’s order. That was the only time that day I heard Acting Chief Pittman on the radio.

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