Capitol Police chief apologizes for riot 'failings,' acknowledges 'we knew that there was a strong potential for violence'
The acting head of the US Capitol Police has apologized to lawmakers after a fatal attack on the Capitol building and acknowledged that the department "should be better prepared".
Yogananda Pittman, the Acting Police chief of the Capitol, apologized to Congress during a closed session Tuesday for "our mistakes" during the Capitol insurrection that killed five people earlier this month, the New York Times reports.
"On January 6, the department failed to meet its own high standards in the face of a terrorist attack by tens of thousands of insurgents determined to stop electoral college vote certification," said Pittman of the Times. "We expect to reply to you and the American people on January 6th for our mistakes. I am here to offer my heartfelt apologies on behalf of the department."
Former President Donald Trump's supporters broke against the Capitol as lawmakers met to confirm President Biden's election victory. Pittman told Congress that the Capitol Police "should be better prepared for this attack" and that prior to the uprising, we "knew that there was a high potential for violence and that Congress was the target".
"The division prepared to face these challenges, but we haven't done enough," admitted Pittman, also praising the officers who "performed bravely" during the attack as "heroes".
The apology from Pittman, who, according to the Times, was not acting chief when the attack on the Capitol took place, comes after CNN reports that Capitol police officers are discussing the possibility of holding a no-confidence vote against department heads who worked on Capitol Day pro Trump uprising. A source told CNN, "The base of this department has no confidence in any of our bosses, especially those who were here on Jan. 6."
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