Who is Capitol Police chief Steven Sund?

US Capitol Police Steven Sund is resigning after being criticized for his response to the pro-Trump protesters' violent riot in Washington DC.

Sund handed in his resignation less than 24 hours after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on January 6.

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Who is Capitol Police chief Steven Sund?

Steven Sund is a 30-year law enforcement veteran who served as chief of the Capitol Police.

He attended John Hopkins University in Maryland and received a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Sund was sworn in as the Capitol's tenth chief of police in June 2019.

He joined the United States Capitol Police (USCP) in 2017 as the Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Operations. 

Chief Sund is a "recognized expert in critical incident management and active shooter preparedness and response," according to USCP.

He has handled "dozens of criminal barricade and hostage situations with an impressive record of zero fatalities."

Why did he resign?

Less than a day after the Capitol riots, Sund resigned after he reportedly rejected help from the National Guard and FBI.

The announcement came shortly after the head of the Capitol Police department's union Gus Papathanasiou called for a "change at the top."

Sund's resignation will go into effect on January 16.

Sund had praised officers as "heroic" for their efforts on January 6and condemned the chaos as "criminal riotous behavior."

President-elect Joe Biden criticized authorities for their inability to keep rioters out of the building and slammed police for how they treated Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer in comparison.

"No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently from the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol," he said.

"We all know that's true. And it's unacceptable. Totally unacceptable."


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