Chief Steven A. Sund Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
U.S. Capitol Police Steven Sund is resigning amid criticism of the department’s response to rioters who stormed the Capitol in protest of President Donald Trump’s election loss.
Sund’s resignation will go into effect on Jan. 16, just a few days shy of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. The announcement comes shortly after the head of the department’s union called for a “change at the top.”
Officers are “frustrated and demoralized” with how a lack of leadership undermined the response to the mob, according to a statement from Gus Papathanasiou, the union chairman. Papathanasiou laid the blame on a failure and planning while praising officers for their work.
Capitol police response has been criticized for its inability to keep the rioters out of the building. Biden earlier Thursday criticized what he described as a double standard between how police reacted to the pro-Trump mob versus how they treat supporters of Black Lives Matter over the summer.