The union representing the Capitol Police revealed this week that multiple officers had sustained brain trauma and other serious injuries following the failed coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
In a statement released on Wednesday, United States Capitol Police Labor Committee (USCP) Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said that rank-and-file officers are outraged by the failure to properly prepare for the protest that ended in a failed insurrection.
"We have one officer who lost his life as a direct result of the insurrection," Papathanasiou noted. "Another officer had tragically taken his own life. Between USCP and our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police Department, we have almost 140 officers injured."
"I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained brain injuries," he continued. "One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs. One officer is going to lose his eye, and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake."
Papathanasiou said that the failure to prepare was "unconscionable" and he called on Congress to select the next chief from inside the department.
"Our officers need leadership they can trust," he concluded.
Read the entire statement below.
NEW: SCATHING STATEMENT from Capitol Police union on failed leadership in department before and during Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol: pic.twitter.com/YbXM4fvPzc
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) January 27, 2021