During a Feb. 23 Senate hearing where security officials testified for the first time about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund called it the “worst attack on law enforcement in our democracy that I’ve seen in my entire career.”
Lawmakers grilled law enforcement officials, including Sund, about why there wasn’t better communication about possible threats. Sund, who has been in policing for almost 30 years, resigned under pressure after the attack.
“I’m sickened by what I witnessed that day. Our officers fought valiantly… to hold back the attackers,” Sund said.
Law enforcement officials blamed faulty intelligence for not anticipating the violent intentions of the mob that invaded the building and interrupted the certification of the presidential election.
Sund acknowledged Tuesday that law enforcement overlooked resources under the pressure of the insurrection and a number of systems broke down, including “a lack of clear communications and directions from officials.”
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