The pain in the acting voice of Yogananda Pittman, the US Capitol police chief, was as obvious as the tragedy that happened minutes before stepping into Mike on Friday.
Less than three months after a riot struck the Capitol, killing one police officer and injuring more than 130, Pittman said a 25-year-old man had his car on the north side of the Capitol. Barricade to protect.
The police officer who fell in the attack on Friday was identified as William “Billy” Evans, a member of the 18-year unit that belonged to the agency’s first responder unit.
Terence Gainer, who was the police chief of the Capitol when Evans joined the army, described Evans as a “great man.”
“He was highly regarded by military and parliamentary staff,” Gainer said. “The police have been crushed and their resilience has increased.”
Senator Republican Senator Mitch McConnell spokesman David Pop said Evans’ death was personal to him.
“When we arrived at work, Officer Evans was often in the barricade. He was very friendly and professional and it was always a plus to meet him. Today is a very sad day.”
Democrat Ro Khanna, who was in the Capitol complex when the incident happened on Friday, said the Capitol police officers he met after the incident were “upset” about the loss of Evans.
“The life of the family will never be the same. The police officers who knew him would never be the same,” Kanna told CNN on Friday. “So I think it hit them emotionally. There is a lot of pressure on them to keep us safe.”
A second unidentified injured police officer was reported in a stable condition late Friday.
Difficult times for Parliament police
On Friday, Evans joined a fallen companion at an agency that had little time to regain its foothold.
“It’s from the bottom of my heart that I’m here this afternoon to shed light on what happened at the Capitol,” Pittman said in a voice that stopped before praying for the people’s prayers, announcing Evans’ death. It was.
“This was a difficult time for US Capitol police after the January 6th incident, and after the incident happening here now,” Pittman said.
Pittman’s lead in the Friday briefing was certainly not lost to the law enforcement partners of the traumatic institution that stood with her.
Pittman took command shortly after the January 6 riots when then-Parliamentary police chief Steven Sund resigned with the House and Senate Supreme Law enforcement officers.
After the clash with the riots on January 6, it was revealed that officer Brian Sicknick had died, and the leadership was expelled. The cause of Sicknick’s death has not yet been identified, but a few days later the division staggered due to the suicide of another 16-year military veteran, Howard Liebengood, 51.
Biden mourns parliamentarians
President Joe Biden said he was “painful” to learn of the attack and Evans’ death, and ordered the White House to be half-masted “in mourning the death of yet another US Capitol Police officer.”
“We express our heartfelt condolences to Evans officer’s family and everyone is saddened by his loss,” Biden said in a statement. “We know how difficult this was for the Capitol, everyone working there, and the people who protect it.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Called Evans “our democratic martyr.”
In an open letter to his colleagues at House, Pelosi wrote to his mother Janice and her children, Logan and Abigail, that he “congratulated us on our prayers and condolences.”
Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan, who chairs the Expenditure Subcommittee overseeing Parliamentary Police funding, said Evans’s death happened in the immediate vicinity of his house.
“As you know, we’ve been a family member of Capitol Hill police, members of the House of Representatives, staff, especially in the past few weeks and months,” he said at a briefing on Friday. “Today we have lost a family member who appeared at work today to protect the Capitol.”
Still upset after the January 6 parliamentary riots
Since the attack on January 6, the physical and mental sacrifices of Parliamentary police have been painful day by day.
Earlier this week, two parliamentary officers who were repeatedly assaulted during the siege of the parliament accused former President Donald Trump of inciting a riot that injured five dead and more than 100 officers. I did.
James Brushungham and Sidney Henby described the mob’s hand strikes separately. The mob was allegedly pinned to the doorway when flocking to attackers armed with flagpoles and chemical sprays.
According to court documents, “the rebels attacked Officer Brushungham with what they felt like his face, head, chest, arms, and every part of his body.” “The rebels used their fists to carry weapons from flagpoles to stanchions, creating directional signs, water bottles, and other indistinguishable objects,” the document said.
“The threats and attacks on officers of Brushungham seemed endless.”
At a hearing charged last month with a West Virginia man attacking Sicknick, prosecutors show a video showing a police officer and two other colleagues struggling to recover after being absorbed in spraying chemicals. I presented a clip.
US Magistrate Judge Michael Alloy, who described the video as “surreal,” is George Pierre Tanios, a 39-year-old restaurant owner from Morgantown, one of the two men accused of assault. “I am very pleased with the government’s evidence,” he said. However, neither suspect has been charged with Sicknick’s death.
“We have created a culture that has been radicalized by hatred,” Aloi said at a hearing in March. “(January 6th) There was no song of joy and peace. It’s nothing but hatred and anger …. I understand this is a one-time event, but it’s a one-time event. Some people are sentenced to life imprisonment. “
At some point, Sicknick in a blue uniform jacket is shown moving away from the chaotic police line, disengaging his headgear, and rubbing his face and eyes to clear his sight.
Tanios co-defendant Julian Erie Carter, 32, of Pennsylvania, can be seen in a video of spraying Sicknick and other police officers’ faces from a white can with a black top.
“Give me the bear,” Kutter is said to have told Tanios before removing the spray canister from his Tanios backpack.
Experts said it would be difficult to overcome the sacrifice to mental health, from hand-to-hand combat to the public’s perception of failure to protect the Capitol, aside from physical losses.
Thomas Coghlan, a part-time professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD detective, said:
A security review commissioned by Speaker of the House Pelosi after the January 6 attack suffered a 233 vacancies last month and 55 overtime of the year during the first five months of the fiscal year beginning October 1. We conclude that we spent%.
The report recommended increasing 854 jobs, including 350 to reduce overtime and 424 to cover duties such as intelligence gathering.
“The USCP was understaffed, inadequately equipped, and inadequately trained to secure the Capitol and (members) in the event of a violent attack by a large mob,” the report said. discovered.
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Capitol police officer Williams Evans remembers as a “great man”