Listen: Bill Wills Interviews Former Chief of Capitol Police Wednesday

Senate Homeland Security Committee Hears Testimony From Police Officials On January 6 Capitol Attack

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23: Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. The committees are hearing testimony about the law enforcement preparation for and response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.Photo: (Photo by Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND - Bill Wills will interview Steven Sund, Former Chief of Police for the United States Capitol Police on Wednesday at 8:50 a.m.  Sund was the tenth Chief of Police for the United States Capitol Police from June 13, 2019, until January 8, 2021. Before joining the United States Capitol Police in 2017, Sund had a twenty-five-year law enforcement career working for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, where he rose in the ranks from patrol officer to commander of the elite Special Operations Division (SOD). As commander, he led planning for numerous high-level security events, including four presidential inaugurations, and oversaw a number of specialized units, including the Emergency Response Team (SWAT), Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (Bomb Squad), and many others.

Sund will talk about his new book Courage under Fire, his personal account that takes readers inside the events leading up to January 6th, and provides a detailed and minute-by-minute account of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Courage under Fire draws upon audio recordings, key documents, and government records as it traces Sund’s journey from his command post on January 6th to his behind-closed-doors testimony before the January 6th committee.

 Three days before the attack, Chief Sund requested the assistance of the National Guard. This request was denied. In preparation for the Joint Session of Congress, Chief Sund directed every available sworn officer to be on duty to protect the Capitol and all of its members and staff. The National Guard didn’t arrive until it was much too late. In the end, 150 officers were seriously injured, and nine Americans were dead.

Listen to Bill Wills interview Steven Sund on Wednesday at 8:50 a.m. HERE

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