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Courage under Fire: Under Siege and Outnumbered 58 to 1 on January 6

Courage under Fire: Under Siege and Outnumbered 58 to 1 on January 6

by Steven A. Sund
Courage under Fire: Under Siege and Outnumbered 58 to 1 on January 6

Courage under Fire: Under Siege and Outnumbered 58 to 1 on January 6

by Steven A. Sund


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One of the darkest days in American history became an extraordinary story of courage under fire.

Courage under Fire is United States Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund’s gripping personal account that takes readers inside the events leading up to January 6, and provides a detailed and harrowing minute-by-minute account of the attack on the US Capitol, which was valiantly defended in hand-to-hand combat by the US Capitol Police officers who found themselves outnumbered fifty-eight to one.

Courage under Fire draws upon audio recordings, key documents, and government records as it traces Sund’s extraordinary journey from his command post on January 6 to his explosive behind-closed-doors testimony before the January 6 committee.

Steven A. Sund, one of only ten men in history to hold the title of Chief of the US Capitol Police, has coordinated dozens of National Special Security Events, responded to numerous critical incidents and active shooter events, and has protected every living US president. But nothing could have prepared him for the violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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.

But it wasn’t enough.

The savage attack that followed was a well-planned and carefully coordinated armed assault on the United States Capitol, involving thousands. The shock and horror of this attack exploded on TV screens worldwide as US Capitol Police officers under Chief Sund’s command found themselves facing a violent siege, hit with pipes, fire extinguishers, boards, and flag poles. Dedicated men and women were knocked unconscious and sprayed with mace and bear spray as live pipe bombs were discovered at the national headquarters of both major political parties.

Finally, multiple police lines were breached. Then the building was breached. 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.

Now, for the first time, Chief Steven Sund has written the definitive inside story of the perfect storm of events that led up to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, a day that rocked the nation and threatened our democracy. As the Capitol descended into chaos, insurrectionists infiltrated and stormed its hallowed halls and democracy was pushed to the brink. Few people realize just how close we came to seeing the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, and countless members of Congress beaten, maimed, or killed.

There have been many false reports and outright lies concerning the conduct of the US Capitol Police on January 6, and there has been no accountability for the individuals who bear most of the responsibility for the failures that left the USCP unprepared that day—from the shocking failures in intelligence to the outright stonewalling Chief Sund received from the Pentagon when he repeatedly called for the National Guard’s help, even as the attack on the Capitol was raging.

Two years later, so many questions still remain unanswered: What did the intelligence community know about the plans of the insurrectionists before the attack? Why was the request for the National Guard continually denied and delayed? Why was the nation’s capital so vulnerable?

Forced to take the fall and resign, this is Chief Sund’s chance to answer those questions and to tell the full truth about what really happened on January 6.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798200983636
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2023
Sales rank: 15,929
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Steven A. 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.

Chief Sund is a recognized expert in critical incident management and active shooter preparedness and response. His experience includes being the on-scene incident commander on the 2009 shooting at the National Holocaust Museum, the 2012 shooting at the Family Research Council, and the 2013 active shooter incident at the Washington Navy Yard. In addition, he has handled dozens of criminal barricade and hostage situations. Due to his knowledge and experience, Sund served as an instructor with the United States Secret Service in the area of major events planning and has taught the Incident Command System (ICS) at George Washington University. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a master of arts in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also completed the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI’s National Executive Institute. Courage under Fire is his first book.

Table of Contents

"10-33" at the Capitol xi

Introduction: Who's Who in Washington, DC 1

The US Capitol Police 2

The Capitol Police Board 4

The Capitol Police Board (CPB) on January 6, 2021 7

Congressional Oversight 8

The Intelligence Agencies 10

The US Military and the National Guard 11

Speaker Nancy Pelosi 14

President Donald Trump 15

President Joe Biden 17

Chapter 1 The Gathering Storm 19

A Country Already Divided 19

Election Day: November 3, 2020 39

Maga I: November 14, 2020 43

Maga II: December 12, 2020 54

Planning for Maga III: January 6, 2121 58

Participants of the January 5 Virtual Meeting: 94

Chapter 2 January 6, 2121, Minute by Minute 100

Chapter 3 Aftermath 188

The Speaker Speaks 189

Testifying before the Senate 219

The Senate Issues its Report 229

The Lasting Effects 234

Chapter 4 What Went Wrong, and Lessons to Learn 239

Intelligence 240

The FBI 263

The Department of Homeland Security 269

The Capitol Police Board, Oversight Committees, and Congressional Leadership 271

The Department of Defense 278

The United States Capitol Police 295

Chapter 5 Final Thoughts, and Some Questions 306

Chapter 6 Postscript. The January 6 Hearings 318

Epilogue 325

Acknowledgments 333

Police Officer's Prayer 337

About the Author 339

Appendix: List of Initialisms 341

Glossary of Names 343

Index 365

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