A Statement from the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
January 8, 2021, Washington, DC — The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) joins our professional colleagues in condemning the insurrection of our United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
HAPCOA supports the call for a thorough review of the security measures in place within the Capitol at the time of these violent attacks. It appears that we witnessed a catastrophic failure in leadership that resulted in one of the ‘gravest security lapses’ in recent American history.
HAPCOA has always been and remains diligently committed to working with all partners to build and maintain trust in law enforcement.
HAPCOA mourns the loss of life and injury caused by this riotous mob attack on our nation’s Capitol. This was not an acceptable event by any circumstance.
HAPCOA especially mourns the death of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick who succumbed to injuries sustained while responding to the riot at the Capitol. Officer Sicknick is the first law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty from a federal agency in 2021.
HAPCOA also recognizes the officers from the US Capitol police force, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, troopers from the Maryland and Virginia State Police, agents of the ATF and the US Secret Service and other surrounding law enforcement agencies who responded in support of this tragic event and who willingly placed themselves in harm’s way to protect others.
HAPCOA also supports the diligent efforts of the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI as they continue to investigate the serious crimes committed and to identify the offenders who must be brought to justice.
HAPCOA supports all efforts in support of a peaceful transition of power on Inauguration Day 2021.
ABOUT HAPCOA: The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) is a non-profit membership organization established in 1973. It is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state, university, school and federal levels.
For more information, membership and donations please visit: www.hapcoa.org
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
PO Box 29626
Washington, DC 20017
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