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DC Chief Plans to Shift Focus of Guns Unit

Acting Chief Robert J. Contee III said he wants to focus less on seizing as many firearms as possible and instead intensify efforts on identifying and arresting people who use guns for violence or threats.

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General's Report on DC Riot Says Capitol Police Need 884 More Officers

The report says the Capitol Police were "understaffed, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained" to secure the Capitol and Congress members against the mob on Jan. 6, a 24/7 so a "Quick Reaction Force" (QRF) must be established amid growing security threats to the building.

Capitol Police Want 60-Day Extension on National Guard Aid

Acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman asked the Department of Defense to continue to provide support in the Capitol, where 5,200 guardsmen are currently deployed.

Police Warn of Possible March 4 Attack on U.S. Capitol

"The United States Capitol Police (USCP) Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex," USCP said in a statement Wednesday.

Mother of Fallen Capitol Officer Believes He Died of Stroke

The official statement from the U.S. Capitol Police Department was measured and vague as to the cause. According to the police, "Officer Brian D Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on duty."

Capitol Officer Describes His Experience During Jan. 6 Riot

“There were dozens of Eugene Goodmans that day,” said Officer Harry Dunn. “Eugene got caught on camera and I'm not surprised that he did the right thing, the brave thing, the heroic thing -- there were so many Eugene Goodmans that weren't caught on camera that day. … and I'm proud to work with all of them.”

6 Capitol Police Officers Suspended, 29 Under Investigation Over Jan. 6 Riot Actions

“Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination,” Chief Yogananda Pittman said. “Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.”

Families Seek Duty Death Status for Officers who Died from Suicide After Capitol Riot

Officers Jeffrey Smith's and Howard Liebengood's families say they deserve line of duty recognition because they believe the officers would be alive today if the Jan. 6 riot did not occur.

Capitol Police Vote No Confidence in New Chief

The union said that 92% of its members voted no confidence in acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who assumed the role two days after the riots. Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said there are leaders within the department that are better suited for leadership.

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Police Reformer, Law Professor Became Reserve DC Officer to Understand the Profession

During her time on the force, Rosa Brooks responded to calls for a variety of serious issues, including domestic violence, robbery and shots fired. She also saw firsthand how trivial offenses sometimes resulted in arrest. The experience left her with a long list of ideas about how police departments could reform. But Brooks is quick to note that it's not just the police who need to change.

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