Former chief of the US Capitol Police, Steven Sund, known as the rioters “criminals” and stated they “got here ready for conflict” in the course of the Jan. 6 assault.
In his ready opening assertion throughout a Senate listening to on the Capitol riots, Sund stated that the occasions of Jan. 6 had been “the worst assault on regulation enforcement” that he has seen throughout his almost 30 yr profession.
“I’ve been in policing for nearly 30 years, and in that point I’ve been concerned in numerous essential incidents, and responded to numerous horrific scenes. The occasions on January 6, 2021, constituted the worst assault on regulation enforcement that I’ve seen in my complete profession. This was an assault that we’re studying was pre-planned, and concerned contributors from numerous states who got here properly outfitted, coordinated, and ready to hold out a violent riot at the USA Capitol,” he stated in ready remarks.
Sund stated that he witnessed the rioters beating officers with “fists, pipes, sticks, bats, metallic barricades, and flag poles.”
“These criminals got here ready for conflict,” he stated. “They got here with their very own radio system to coordinate the assault, in addition to climbing gear and different gear to defeat the Capitol’s security measures,” he continued.
“I am sickened by what I witnessed that day,” Sund stated in his opening testimony.