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Acting Capitol Police chief apologizes to lawmakers for ‘failings’ that allowed Jan. 6 breach

By Karoun Demirjian, Aaron C. Davis and Peter Hermann

The new acting chief of the Capitol Police on Tuesday offered House lawmakers a wide-ranging apology for the “failings” that allowed rioters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying the department should have been better prepared for the attack and did not do enough to protect those inside.

Acting chief Yogananda D. Pittman cited a lack of manpower, an insufficient supply of “less-lethal” weapons, confused and garbled communications, and a possible failure in lockdown procedures as reasons the Capitol and its occupants were exposed to the marauding crowds that pressed their way into the building.

“We fully expect to answer to you and the American people for our failings on January 6th,” she told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting of the House Appropriations Committee, according to a prepared statement of her remarks obtained by The Washington Post.

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