Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced his resignation Thursday, one day after cops were overwhelmed by protesters who breached the US Capitol building.
Sund will step down on Jan. 16, according to a report by NBC News.
Capitol police came under fire after they appeared unprepared by a throng of supporters of President Trump who stormed the building, causing widespread damage and forcing the nation’s capital into a lockdown.
Footage from the confrontation shows police standing back and allowing a mob of protesters to march through metal barricades and toward the Capitol.
In another clip, a police officer is seen taking a selfie with one of the rioters who broke into the building.
One protester, Air Force vet Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by police during the unrest.
A new report Thursday revealed that Sund turned down an offer from the FBI and the National Guard to help cops in the event of unrest.
Earlier in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called for Sund’s resignation, citing “a failure of leadership at the top” of the department.
Also Thursday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he would also demand the resignation of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Stenger.
“I will fire him as soon as Democrats have a majority in the Senate,” New York’s senior senator said at a press conference.
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigns in wake of turbulent DC protests The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.