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Wed 1/18, 2023, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle presents
Steven A. Sund with Steve Scher
The Inside Story of the January 6th Attacks

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

For the first time, Sund shares the inside story of the perfect storm of events that led up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. In Courage Under Fire, Sund draws upon audio recordings, key documents, and government records to trace the extraordinary journey from his command post on January 6 to his explosive behind-closed-doors testimony before the January 6 committee.

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 nation’s capital so vulnerable? Former Chief Sund joins us at Town Hall to answer those questions, and more.

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. 

Steve Scher is a podcaster and interviewer and has been a teacher at the University of Washington since 2009. He worked in Seattle public radio for almost 30 years and was Senior Correspondent for Town Hall Seattle’s In The Moment podcast. 


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