The news about what happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has mainly centered around former President Donald Trump and his supporters. However, a recent resignation may hint at the role law enforcement played in the debacle.
U.S. Capitol Police Assistant Chief Chad Thomas resigned on Monday, Breitbart reported. Though no official reason has been publicized, this key personnel change comes as Congress is expected to release its report on the failures in intelligence and law enforcement that day.
“For your awareness, USCP Assistant Chief Chad Thomas is no longer serving as Commander of Uniformed Operations and will be separating from the department,” a memo from the U.S. Capitol Police said, according to The Hill. Thomas was the second in command at the department and had been in the position since 2019.
This comes on the heels of then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s resignation. Last month, the Capitol Police union reported that over 70 officers have left the force since the day a group of Trump’s supporters entered the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent the Electoral College votes from being certified.
Many news outlets claimed this demonstration turned into an “insurrection” attempt, though police were able to clear the building and Congress was able to resume the vote that same day. It now appears more likely that protestors’ presence inside the building was a failure to properly secure the perimeter.
The Capitol Police’s inspector general Michael Bolton insinuated as much in April when testifying before Congress. He said the department needed to “move away from the thought process as a traditional Police Department and move to the posture as a Protective Agency.”
Though there were photos and footage captured from the events, the facts of how things unfolded are still nebulous. Initial reports blamed several deaths on the protestors, including Officer Brian Sicknick whose death has since been ruled as complications due to stroke.
While it was awful to see America’s Capitol building being treated that way, the political posturing excused by the breach of the Capitol has become a political club. The fact that so many law enforcement officers — including the leadership — have resigned speaks volumes about who and what may have really the cause for it.