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Authorities Say They’re Ready, Come What May, for Saturday’s J6 Rally
Law Enforcement
Authorities Say They’re Ready, Come What May, for Saturday’s J6 Rally
2021-09-17 21:05:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Empty streets, a large police presence and a smattering of tourists taking photographs of the newly installed security fence lent a somber air to Capitol Hill Friday as preparations continued for Saturday’s J6 rally. It was a reminder,... Read More

Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump, Stone, Extremist Groups Over Jan. 6
Litigation
Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump, Stone, Extremist Groups Over Jan. 6
2021-08-26 18:48:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Seven Capitol Police Officers filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and members of two right-wing extremist groups on Thursday over their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The 71-page... Read More

Capitol Defenders Honored With Congressional Gold Medals
Law Enforcement
Capitol Defenders Honored With Congressional Gold Medals
2021-08-06 16:18:16
by Dan McCue

The gold medals are provided to individuals or institutions as Congress’ “highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions,” according to the website of the House historian.  Four medals will be displayed: one in the Capitol Police headquarters,... Read More

House Passes $2.1 Billion Capitol Security Bill
Congress
House Passes $2.1 Billion Capitol Security Bill
2021-07-30 16:01:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $2.1 billion emergency spending bill that includes funding for the Capitol Police, a move that solved a potential budget shortfall that could have led to furloughs in August. The bill, H.R.... Read More

'This is How I'm Going to Die': Officers Tell Jan. 6 Stories
Congress
'This is How I'm Going to Die': Officers Tell Jan. 6 Stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — "This is how I'm going to die, defending this entrance," Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell recalled thinking, testifying Tuesday at the emotional opening hearing of the congressional panel investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Gonell told... Read More

New Chief Selected for Capitol Police after Jan. 6 Insurrection
Law Enforcement
New Chief Selected for Capitol Police after Jan. 6 Insurrection

WASHINGTON (AP) — A police official who has run large departments in Maryland and Virginia has been selected as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which pro-Trump rioters stormed the building... Read More

Takeaways: Partisan Discord Instead of Jan. 6 Answers
Congress
Takeaways: Partisan Discord Instead of Jan. 6 Answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House hearing about what went wrong in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege frequently spiraled into partisan shouting matches on Wednesday, with lawmakers more often blaming each other than thoroughly questioning witnesses about the events of the... Read More

Capitol Police Watchdog Says Force Needs 'Cultural Change'
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Watchdog Says Force Needs 'Cultural Change'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police force needs "cultural change" after the broad failures of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the top watchdog for the department testified Thursday, pointing to inadequate training and outdated weaponry as among several urgent problems... Read More

Report: Broad Missteps Left Capitol Police Unprepared Jan. 6
Law Enforcement
Report: Broad Missteps Left Capitol Police Unprepared Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn't be used,... Read More

Capitol Police Officer Killed, A Second Injured In Vehicle Attack
In The News
Capitol Police Officer Killed, A Second Injured In Vehicle Attack
2021-04-02 18:04:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Capitol Police officer was killed and a second officer was injured after being rammed by a vehicle near the heavily guarded northern entrance to the Capitol complexon Friday. The suspect, identified as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana,... Read More

Riot Review Seeks Sweeping Changes to Hill Security
Law Enforcement
Riot Review Seeks Sweeping Changes to Hill Security
2021-03-09 15:56:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – A task force examining security shortcomings on Capitol Hill after the Jan. 6 riot that left five people dead has concluded a myriad of fundamental changes are needed to ensure such an event never happens again. Retired Army... Read More

Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures
Law Enforcement
Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it's clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump's... Read More

Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
Congress
Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
2021-02-11 19:57:42
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will soon bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the Capitol Police and other law enforcement personnel who protected the Capitol when it was attacked by rioting Trump supporters on Jan.... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Apologizes for Failures in Jan. 6 Siege
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief Apologizes for Failures in Jan. 6 Siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The interim chief of the Capitol Police apologized Tuesday for failing to prepare for what became a violent insurrection despite having warnings that white supremacists and far-right groups would target Congress. Yogananda Pittman, in prepared testimony before... Read More

Capitol Police Step Up Security Ahead of Inauguration
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Step Up Security Ahead of Inauguration
2021-01-15 15:19:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police have significantly ratcheted up security throughout the Capitol Complex ahead of next week's presidential inaugural ceremony. Measures include installing unscalable eight-foot tall fencing and the closing of several area roads. The department is also... Read More

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff After Capitol Police Officer’s Death
Law Enforcement
Flags to Fly at Half-Staff After Capitol Police Officer’s Death
2021-01-08 17:27:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Flags will fly at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol to remember the officer who died after he was injured during this week's riot by Trump supporters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday. Officer Brian D. Sicknick died at... Read More

Capitol Police Rejected Offers of Federal Help to Quell Mob
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Rejected Offers of Federal Help to Quell Mob

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up... Read More

Rioters at Capitol Face Long-Term Prosecutions As Police in Washington Pledge to Pursue Them
Law Enforcement
Rioters at Capitol Face Long-Term Prosecutions As Police in Washington Pledge to Pursue Them
2021-01-08 15:38:52
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Washington’s mayor and the FBI are pledging to track down and prosecute any protesters who broke the law during the riot at the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday. They are posting photos and videos from the mob violence on... Read More

Capitol Police Chief To Resign
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief To Resign
2021-01-08 15:32:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Thursday evening that he will resign later this month after a riotous mob of President Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol and caused havoc once inside. Word of Sund’s resignation coincided with... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
2021-01-07 17:20:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund said Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike anything he's experienced in his 30 years in law enforcement in Washington D.C. In a written statement, Sund went on to defend... Read More

Lawmakers Vow to Investigate Police After Capitol Breach
Congress
Lawmakers Vow to Investigate Police After Capitol Breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how law enforcement handled Wednesday’s violent breach at the Capitol, questioning whether a lack of preparedness allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building. U.S. Capitol Police, who are charged... Read More

Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
In The News
Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
2019-07-16 20:05:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The number of threats made against members of Congress continues to grow, though most fall below the legal threshold of being considered an actual threat to cause bodily harm, a House panel was told Tuesday. In his first... Read More

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