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Capitol Police Name 1st Black Woman Yogananda Pittman, As Acting Chief After Riots

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Capitol Police Name 1st Black Woman Yogananda Pittman, As Acting Chief After RiotsYogananda Pittman will be the 1st Black woman to lead the U.S. Capitol Police after the former chief Steven Sund resigned on Jan. 6 following the riots.

The 2021 storming of the United States Capitol was a riot and violent attack against the 117th United States Congress on January 6, 2021, carried out by a mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.

After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the Electoral College vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden‘s election victory. Breaching police perimeters, rioters then occupiedvandalized, and looted parts of the building for several hours. The assault led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol, as well as five deaths.

Yogananda D. Pittman-Acting Chief of Police / Assistant Chief of Police for Protective and Intelligence Operations

Assistant Chief Pittman was designated as Acting Chief of Police on January 8, 2021, by Capitol Police Board Order 21.04.

She joined the USCP in April 2001, and graduated from FLETC in September 2001.  Her first USCP assignment was in the Senate Division where she provided security and protective details for U.S. Senators and visiting dignitaries.  In 2006, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Department’s Communications Division.  In January 2010, she was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the House Division.

In 2012, Assistant Chief Pittman was one of the first African-American female supervisors to attain the rank of Captain.  While serving as Captain, she was assigned to the Capitol Division as the Executive Officer.  As a commander, she supervised more than 400 officers and civilians, and led the efforts to provide the security footprint for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

In December 2015, Assistant Chief Pittman was promoted to Inspector, and was assigned to the Office of Accountability and Improvement where she was the Chief of Police’s designee in responding to all of the Department’s civilian and sworn disciplinary appeals and grievances. In June 2018, she was promoted to Deputy Chief and was named Bureau Commander for the Command and Coordination Bureau.

Assistant Chief Pittman graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1999.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, in May 2019.

She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Public Administration from West Chester University.  She completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in December 2018, and graduated from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ CEO Mentoring Program in July 2018. SOURCE

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Capitol Police Name 1st Black Woman Yogananda Pittman, As Acting Chief After Riots

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