The U.S. Capitol Police named deputy chief Yogananda Pittman as acting chief, NBC News Washington reported.
This came after the announcement of the resignation of US Capitol Police President Steven Sund on Thursday (Jan. 7) following the attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Pittman, who joined the department in 2001, is one of the first black female supervisors to achieve the rank of captain. During her tenure as captain, she was assigned as the executive officer of the Capitol Division.
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According to WBAL-TV, Pittman is a graduate of Morgan State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
"This appointment is remarkable to our nation and our university as she will be the first woman and first African American to serve on the USCP," HBCU said in a statement.
The statement continued, “I implore Morgan graduates and members of the Morgan family around the world to join me in my full support. Together we celebrate this recognition of the leadership and congratulate one of our own incumbent boss Yogananda D. Pittman on her achievement. It is Morgan Made, no doubt! "