J. Thomas Manger Named New US Capitol Police Chief

Headline Roundup July 22nd, 2021

On Thursday, the Capitol Police Board announced J. Thomas Manger as the new chief of the U.S. Capitol police after the former chief stepped down following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Manger served as police chief of Fairfax County, Virginia for eight years before serving as police chief of Montgomery County, Maryland from 2004 to 2019. The Capitol Police Board, which includes the Architect of the Capitol and the House and Senate sergeant-at-arms, said in a statement that Manger is a "a seasoned decision-maker" who will "draw on his regional experience in strengthening partnerships with law enforcement partners." In a statement, Manger said "The challenges in protecting the Capitol campus...have never been more complex," and commended "the courage and dedication" of the agency on Jan. 6.

The story received wide coverage from left and center-rated outlets. Left-rated outlets often highlighted the challenges and purportedly low morale that the U.S. Capitol police department faces; right-rated outlets tended to focus on the story's basic details.

From the Left

J. Thomas Manger, who spent 21 years as a police chief in the wealthy Washington suburbs of Montgomery and Fairfax counties, was named Thursday to take over the U.S. Capitol Police as it tries to regain its footing in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. More than 80 Capitol officers were assaulted, two later died, and its commanders were found to have ignored warnings of a violent attack.

Manger was selected by three members of the Capitol Police Board — the sergeant-at-arms of the House and...

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From the Right

A new chief has been selected to lead the US Capitol Police in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot where a mob violently stormed the building.

J. Thomas Manger, a longtime police official who has run large departments in Maryland and Virginia, will be named to the post after an extensive search, the Associated Press reported, citing two people briefed on the matter.

The agency’s top official, Steven Sund, was forced out a day after the riot, and Yogananda Pittman was elevated to the role of acting chief.

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From the Center

 J. Thomas Manger, a former police chief in Maryland and Virginia, is the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, congressional officials announced Thursday. Manger will take charge of the department in the aftermath of the violent Jan. 6 insurrection in which supporters of former President Donald Trump easily overwhelmed law enforcement and stormed the building.

The Capitol Police Board, which includes the House and Senate sergeant-at-arms and the Architect of the Capitol, oversees the force and led the search. The board said in a statement that Manger had been...

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