‘Many’ US Capitol Police officers want to retire or leave after Jan. 6 insurrection, union says

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“Many officers that are retirement eligible are seriously looking at turning in their retirement papers. Since January 6th, several Officers have retired as a result,” Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the United States Capitol Police Labor Committee, said in a statement Friday. “Additionally, I cannot tell you the number of younger officers who have confided in me since the insurrection who are actively looking at other police agencies or even new careers.”

Papathanasiou said the two main drivers are “a lack of trust in our leadership who clearly failed us on January 6th” and the fact that many other agencies “offer better working conditions and better retirement benefits” than the U.S. Capitol Police.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned amid criticism over the department’s handling of the attack. Meanwhile, six U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay and 29 others have been placed under investigation for their actions during the insurrection.


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