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April 27, 2015

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April 24, 2015

Under Microscope for Gyrocopter, Capitol Police Stretched Thin

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Did Capitol Police identify the gyrocopter as an imminent threat? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress agreed Doug Hughes is lucky to be alive after his dangerous stunt, based on what they learned about the April 15 gyrocopter landing during closed-door briefings from Capitol law enforcement. But big questions remain unanswered.

Police had multiple weapons trained on the small aircraft, but decided not to shoot the 61-year-old mailman down from the sky. Spring break crowds roaming the Hill may have played a part in their judgment call, though lawmakers declined to go into specifics about where the guns were and who held their fire. Full story

April 23, 2015

Is God Angry With Capitol Police? (Video)

Compounding a series of dark days for Capitol Police, a bolt of lightning struck a post on the south side of the Hill this week while an officer was stationed inside.

Full story

April 22, 2015

For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

Malloy's retirement comes amid reports of frustrations between rank-and-file officers and department brass. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police are dealing with a number of hot-button issues, including costs and department leadership. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For Capitol Police, it’s been an unsettling and rough few weeks characterized by speculation about their top leaders, a suicide on the West Front, a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn and members of Congress looking to trim the force’s budget.

It started earlier this month, with news that Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine was headed for the exits when the resignation letter he submitted to the Hill’s top law enforcement officials surfaced. Full story

April 20, 2015

Kim Dine Will Stay On as Capitol Police Chief

Under Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine, right, the department is pursuing accredidation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Police Board signaled it will continue to work with Chief Kim C. Dine, despite his resignation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It appears Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine is staying in place as the head of the department, with a new No. 2 to help iron out some of the discord within the ranks.

The Capitol Police Board, in a Monday evening message to the congressional community, said it will continue to work with Dine and incoming Assistant Chief Matt Verderosa “to improve our service to the Capitol Community and to provide the officers with the necessary support they need to maintain the safety, openness and security of the Capitol.” Full story

April 17, 2015

Miriam Carey Shooting Provokes Lawsuit Against DOJ

Idella Carey, mother of Miriam Carey, protested her daughter's death the West Front of the Capitol last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Idella Carey, right, mother of Miriam Carey, protested her daughter’s death the West Front of the Capitol last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Efforts to shed light on the chaotic events that led federal law enforcement officers to fatally shoot a 34-year-old woman outside the Capitol 18 months ago may rest in the hands of a federal judge.

Congress has shown scant interest in probing the death of Miriam Carey, the Connecticut dental hygienist involved in the fast and furious car chase that ended with 18 rounds of gunfire on and around the campus. Full story

Congress Wants Answers From Capitol Police on Gyrocopter (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress say they received no warning that the West Front went into lockdown Wednesday afternoon, prompting concerns about how Capitol Police would handle a more menacing threat to the secure airspace surrounding the Dome.

Among those demanding accountability from Capitol Police over the gyrocopter incident are appropriators who write the Capitol Police budget. Full story

April 16, 2015

Gyrocopter Aftermath: Schumer’s on It

Schumer wants questions answered soon on how a gyrocopter managed to land on the West Front lawn of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schumer wants questions answered soon on how a gyrocopter managed to land on the West Front of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer has questions on the gyrocopter. A “whole lot” of them. Full story

April 15, 2015

Gyrocopter Lands Amid Capitol Police Tumult

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After arresting the pilot of a small gyrocopter that touched down Wednesday on the West Front, many Capitol Police were left wondering, “What’s next?”

Hours before Florida man Doug Hughes landed his small aircraft, officers learned new details about a major shakeup underway among the department’s top brass. In an official memo obtained by CQ Roll Call, Chief Kim C. Dine notified the force he had chosen Deputy Chief Matt Verderosa to replace outgoing Assistant Chief Daniel Malloy, effective May 1.

Still uncertain is Dine’s own future with the department. The chief has submitted a resignation letter to the Capitol Police Board, following reports of conflict within the agency. Full story

April 14, 2015

Assistant Capitol Police Chief to Retire

Malloy's retirement comes amid reports of frustrations between rank-and-file officers and department brass. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Malloy’s retirement comes amid reports of frustrations between rank-and-file officers and department brass. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The U.S. Capitol Police announced Tuesday that Assistant Chief Daniel B. Malloy is retiring after nearly two years as assistant chief and more than 30 years with the department. The news comes at a sensitive time for the department, as Chief Kim C. Dine has submitted a letter of resignation to the Capitol Police Board, comprised of the House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and the Architect of the Capitol.  Full story

April 13, 2015

MPD Identifies Capitol Suicide Vicitim

(Spectators gather on the West Front of the Capitol after Saturday's shooting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Onlookers gather on the West Front of the Capitol after the April 11 shooting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Metropolitan Police Department has identified the man who shot himself on the Capitol grounds Saturday afternoon as 22-year-old Leo P. Thornton of Lincolnwood, Ill.

In a statement sent Monday, MPD said detectives from its Criminal Investigations Division identified the victim, but did not provide a motive for the apparent suicide, and did not provide any details on the sign Thornton was apparently carrying. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine said at a press conference Saturday that the sign pertained to “social justice.” Full story

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