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

The union representing United States Capitol Police officers said 'many' members of the force are looking to retire or leave the agency after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

3/1/2021 2:17:00 PM

The union representing United States Capitol Police officers said 'many' members of the force are looking to retire or leave the federal law enforcement agency after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The union representing United States Capitol Police officers said 'many' members of the force are looking to retire or leave the agency after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

US Capitol riots: Tracking the insurrectionOn Jan. 6, rioters coming from a pro-Trump rally broke into the U.S. Capitol, resulting in deaths, injuries, arrests and vandalism.John Minchillo/APThe union representing United States Capitol Police officers said"many" members of the force are looking to retire or leave the federal law enforcement agency after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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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."

MORE: Domestic violent extremism 'growing public safety and national security threat,' DOJ saysPapathanasiou 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. headtopics.com

"If Congress wants to recruit and retain officers to meet the heightened security threat," he added,"they are going to have address both the leadership and quality of life issues driving officers to leave this department."Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The United States Capitol Police seal appears on the side of a bus parked near the federal law enforcement agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19, 2021.The events of Jan. 6 occurred after then-President Donald Trump and his allies held a rally in Washington, D.C., urging Congress not to certify the results of the November presidential election, in which Trump lost to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Trump vowed to"never concede" and urged his supporters"to fight," as he continued to push baseless claims of election fraud.

Crowds of people then made their way to the steps of the U.S. Capitol, pushing through barricades, officers in riot gear and other security measures that were put in place in anticipation of the protest. An angry mob breached the Capitol building, forcing a lockdown with members of Congress and their staff holed up inside. It took hours for law enforcement to clear the building and establish a perimeter around the area. Five people, including U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, died during the rampage and dozens more were injured.

MORE: Acting Capitol Police chief denies her department failed to heed intel warningsSo far, more than 300 people have been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 siege, according to the U.S. Justice Department.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. headtopics.com

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John Minchillo/APRioters try to break through a police barrier at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.In his statement Friday, Papathanasiou referenced reports that a draft review by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who was appointed to examine security on Capitol Hill following the insurrection, calls for the hiring of an additional 1,000 officers, of which approximately 350 would be detailed to provide personal security to members of Congress. The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP)"made it clear" in its budget submission to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations in February 2020 that it"did not have enough officers to meet mission requirements," according to Papathanasiou.

"The fact we were understaffed was no secret," he said."Recruiting, hiring, and training these additional officers is going to take years. As the USCP'S mission has increased drastically over the last few years, our manpower hasn't and we need more manpower, but my biggest concern right now is retaining the officers we already have. I have warned USCP leadership and Members of Congress that many USCP officers are on the fence about whether to stay with this department."

MORE: Acting Capitol Police chief admits 'internal challenges' during Jan. 6 responseIn addition to inadequate staffing, Papathanasiou said"one of the primary challenges on January 6th is that we did not have a fixed perimeter that we could easily defend."

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I can’t blame them, I had a tear in my that day as I watched simple minded traitors inspired by a wannabe dictator and idiots that only believe conspiracy theory because there simple mind couldn’t handle reality. Definitely the think they are entitled. Now Hiring. 😂😂 don’t blame them all law enforcement members are being thrown under the buss across the nation for doing their job to the best of their abilities. I think all these politicians should answer calls for one night and see what they go through

Good, need fresh new blood.. L8r Can’t blame them. Some elected lawmakers (politicians) & appointed officials have repeatedly denigrated, demonized and disrespected the police. Police management has failed the rank and file. Calls for defunding have aggravated the uncertainty of law and ordered. Rule of law?

Cop unions are liars and crybabies though. This is probably just another ploy for even more money. Do you blame them? Worse yet the TRAITOR that incited this insurrection was acquitted. NO JUSTICE They were in on the coup as well and think they can get away with it. I guess they were looking for a cake job. Just walk around like a security guard. Because that's what they looked liked. They stood around just watching. Some did their job, And very well. Most just held the door open.

They wouldn’t last a day in portland PD I thought their retiring coz the FBI is getting close to naming people in the force who were there supporting trumpet’s people. I thought this is their “you can’t fire me, i quit” moment. The retirement benefits and working conditions were the same. They are not being entirely honest.

Many abetted the insurrectionists! Hopefully they vet their replacements thoroughly. They should.. many of their coworkers/higher ups are racist traitors that almost had them killed as well they should After the last four years. Anyone with common sense can see what is going on. The good ones know that insurrection should have not happened. Its called treason, betrayal, lack of trust.

Poor example of policing! I don't blame them. Hard to blame them. SAD...... boy..the trump administration really showed they're true colors jan 6th. showed jus how much thye like police lol.... What they want is literally their union’s job to get for them. more jobs for new people i can’t blame them. i would think the legislators that work there could come up with some sort of plan to shore up the situation.