Capitol grounds closed, officers under investigation
WASHINGTON (KLKN) — The U.S. Capitol grounds will not be open to the public during the 59th Presidential Inauguration, as stated by the Acting Chief of Police for the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Department Tuesday morning,
“There will be no public access to the Capitol Grounds during the Inauguration, and the event will go on as scheduled,” wrote Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman.
In the aftermath of the D.C. riots, two police officers have already been suspended from the force. However, Acting Chief Pittman says they are still reviewing evidence concerning police officers and other officials that may have violated USPC’s policies.
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including termination,” stated Acting Chief Pittman. “Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.”
Read the USCP Acting Chief’s full statement below:
As the Acting Chief of Police, I am committed to leading the United States Capitol Police (USCP) Department through this challenging time. I want to first extend my gratitude for the kind words and prayers we have received following the loss of two of our USCP family last week. Officer Brian D. Sicknick and Officer Howard C. Liebengood were highly respected police officers, and both will be greatly missed. The Department continues to provide extensive support services to their families as well as to USCP employees to assist them through this difficult time. The Department is fully engaged with our law enforcement partners throughout the National Capital Region on the Federal, state, and local levels. We have comprehensive, coordinated plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the Congressional community and the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. There will be no public access to the Capitol Grounds during the Inauguration, and the event will go on as scheduled. The Department also has been actively reviewing video and other open-source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies. Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including termination. Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations. The investigation of the January 6 riot is continuing in collaboration with numerous law enforcement agencies, and the USCP along with its law enforcement partners, are aggressively working to identify and arrest those involved in the destruction of property at the U.S. Capitol Complex. It is our intention to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.