Capitol Police Official Resigns

( The second in line at the U.S. Capitol Police has announced his resignation, adding to the long list of officers who have left the department this year.

On Monday, Chad Thomas, the assistant chief of the department, said he was resigning from the position he holds. That same day, the Capitol Police notified lawmakers of Thomas’ departure when they sent out:

“For your awareness, USCP Assistant Chief Chad Thomas is no longer serving as Commander of Uniformed Operations and will be separating from the department.”

Last month, the department said it has lost more than 70 officers since January 6, the date of the now-infamous attacks on the U.S. Capitol building. That all started when Steven Sund announced the day after the attacks that he was resigning as chief of the Capitol Police.

In April, an internal watchdog from the Capitol Police said officers weren’t prepared for the attack. They found leaders didn’t communicate intelligence they had about calls for violence. In addition, officers were given equipment that was not only aging but was also stored improperly.

One month later, the inspector general of the Capitol Police, Michael Bolton, told Congress in a testimony that the Capitol Police needs a fundamental “culture change” if it seeks to live up to its duties of protecting the seat of democracy in America.

Bolton said the department needs to “move away from the thought process as a traditional Police Department and move to the posture as a Protective Agency.”

Since that time, lawmakers have attempted to reform the board of the Capitol Police, but they have mostly been met with significant resistance. The House sergeant-at-arms, for example, was asked whether the board should be reformed.

At a congressional hearing held in May, he said resoundingly, “No.”

A Senate group that’s reviewing the role USCP and other agencies play in protecting the U.S. Capitol building is expected to be released this week. It’s unclear exactly what will be contained in that report, but many expect it to shine a bad light on the USCP and their lack of execution before and after the events of January 6.

Thomas joined the Capitol Police department back in 1996. He was elevated all the way to assistant chief of police for uniformed operations, first as the acting assistant in 2019.

Despite his long tenure at the department, support for Thomas had waned in recent months, according to Politico. The news outlet reported on the results of a union ballot that was taken in February. That ballot showed that 96% of the officers who voted gave Thomas a vote of no confidence.

That certainly wasn’t good news for Thomas then, and ultimately foreshadowed the fact that he’s now no longer with the department at all.

The lack of confidence among the department wasn’t only relegated for Thomas, though. Yogananda Pittman, the acting chief since Sund left, also lacked extreme confidence from her colleagues. That same poll showed that 92% of voting officers gave Pittman a vote of no confidence.