AP Jacquelyn Martin
US media reported that Capitol Police Chief Stephen Sunde will leave his post due to congressional storming by hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters on Wednesday.
The Associated Press confirmed on Thursday, citing a person familiar with Sunde’s decision, that the capitol police chief’s resignation will take effect from January 16, noting that the decision comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call for Sunde to leave office today.
Earlier Thursday, Sund, a former Washington police officer, defended the way the Capitol Police dealt with the storming of the building, stressing that his officers responded with great courage to thousands of rioters who attacked them with metal pipes, chemicals and other tools.
Sund said that what happened yesterday represents an unprecedented incident during his 30 years of continuous service in law enforcement agencies in Washington, stressing that these events “were not a protest but rather a riot.”
He continued, “The actions of the Capitol Police officers were heroic, given the difficult situation they faced.”
Source: “The Associated Press”