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December 18, 2014

Capitol Police Investigating Threat Against Rep. Bill Johnson

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Capitol Police are investigating a threat against Johnson. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Threats against Ohio Republican Rep. Bill Johnson have Capitol Police and the FBI searching for a suspect along with local law enforcement in Salem, Ohio.

Johnson’s field representative and security director contacted police in the eastern Ohio town at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to report a call to the Salem office from a screaming man who swore at a staffer and made threats toward the congressman, according to local news outlet WYTV. According to the report, the suspect resides outside the community. Full story

December 12, 2014

National March Against Police Violence to End Near Capitol

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Protesters gather in front of the White House after the announcement there would be no indictment in the shooting of Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The National March Against Police Violence, led by Rev. Al Sharpton, will culminate just outside the U.S. Capitol grounds Saturday afternoon, and the U.S. Capitol Police are ready in case the protest comes to the Capitol.

“Our security plans are flexible enough to allow us to modify them as necessary so that our security procedures in place maintain the integrity of the Capitol campus,” Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider, spokesperson for the Capitol Police, wrote in an email. “We’ll continue to maintain close contact with our law enforcement partners, including the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police.” Schneider also said additional staff will be on hand. Full story

December 9, 2014

Gutiérrez Recalls Racial Profiling Incident at Capitol

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

During a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the state of civil rights Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez revisited a 1996 exchange that raised the issue of racial profiling in Capitol security.

A few minutes into his testimony on police practices, the Illinois Democrat recounted, “when I was stopped and refused admission to this very Capitol complex earlier in my career because, as the Capitol Hill police officer said, ‘I didn’t look like a congressman.’ Full story

New Yorker Gets 33 Months in Prison for Threatening Gabbard

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
File Photo)

A 44-year-old man will serve nearly three years in prison for making a series of threats against Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, including threatening to decapitate the Hawaii Democrat.

The FBI and Capitol Police began investigating Aniruddha Sherbow, whose last known address was in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., after an email he sent to the FBI and several medial outlets threats last August, vowing to find Gabbard and “sever her head from her body.”

According to prosecutors, Sherbow had been harassing the congresswoman since February 2011 before he was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, on Aug. 28, 2013, pursuant to an arrest warrant issued in the District of Columbia. Sherbow entered a plea of no contest in federal court for two charges related to the threats. He was sentenced Monday to 33 months in prison.


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December 8, 2014

Activists Use Capitol as Backdrop to Protest Police-Involved Deaths

 Activists Use Capitol as Backdrop to Protest Police Involved Deaths

Protesters rallied outside the Capitol at 8 a.m. Monday morning. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Activists protesting police-involved deaths in Ferguson, Mo., New York and elsewhere rallied Monday morning on Capitol Hill.

“As we celebrate a black man in the White House, we continue to mourn the lives of black and latino men, black women and black children who are slain by police and then systematically denied justice,” said Zoe Spencer, a D.C. resident who sat on the East Front, clutching a small, white bullhorn. Full story

November 25, 2014

Ferguson Protesters March on Capitol, SCOTUS, DOJ

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Protesters chant in front of the White House on Nov. 24, following the announcement of no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Facedown on the pavement — meant to emulate the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed on Aug. 9 — one protester sprawled on the sidewalk outside the Department of Justice in downtown Washington on Tuesday morning.

Only camouflage pants and sneakers were visible beneath a pile of blankets. Ribbons of tattered, yellow police tape snaked though the scene, some draped from the necks of about two dozen fellow demonstrators who surrounded the body, passing a bullhorn and shouting rallying cries in support of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., to pedestrians and police along Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.

“If black people in St. Louis can do it, then anybody can do it,” cried Lydia, a Howard University student and native of Missouri, who declined to give her last name. She told CQ Roll Call that she joined 200 other students in a march from U Street Northwest to the White House on Monday night, venting anger over a grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Brown. Full story

November 21, 2014

Capitol Police Chasing Law Enforcement Accreditation

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

As a legislative branch agency, the Capitol Police force is subject to oversight by both chambers of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Compliance and other external entities, including an independent Office of the Inspector General.

The department also holds itself to more than 350 meticulous standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., better known as the CALEA. The nonprofit corporation was established in 1979, through joint efforts of major law enforcement groups such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association as part of a movement to bring more professionalism to policing.

For more than 13 years, Capitol Police have maintained CALEA accreditation, paying around $100,000 in fees. On Nov. 22, the department’s accreditation will be up for its latest review. Full story

November 20, 2014

Republican National Committee Headquarters Hit With Blue Spray Paint

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise outside the RNC’s headquarters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A vandal struck the Republican National Committee headquarters on Veterans Day, according to Capitol Police.

Around 7 a.m. on Nov. 11, a security guard spotted a young man spray painting a large blue “V” on the front door of 310 First St. SE, according to the police report. The graffiti was thwarted by the guard, who handcuffed the perpetrator and called Capitol Police.

Wilbert Henry Norton, 24, of Floyd, Va., was arrested and charged with destruction of property under $1,000, a misdemeanor. As a condition of his release, he was ordered to stay away from Capitol grounds, including all congressional office buildings.

The RNC paint job appears to be an isolated incident, though other buildings in the area have been targeted in recent months, according to sources familiar with the location.

Asked if there’s been an increase in vandalism around the Capitol grounds, the department provided statistics. To date in 2014, six incidents of graffiti have been reported to Capitol Police. That’s an uptick from five in 2013, but a decrease from 2012, when 10 graffiti incidents were reported on Capitol grounds. Some members faced vandalism in their districts that year, a backlash to passage of the health care overhaul.

In an email, Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the department, said Capitol Police “strategically deploy our assets throughout the Capitol Campus as part of our primary law enforcement mission to protect the Congress, the Capitol Complex, and the legislative process.”

Capitol Police work with the Architect of the Capitol to remove markings whenever graffiti is reported.

Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report. 

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November 18, 2014

Native American Tribe Protests Keystone Vote (Video) (Updated)

Updated 11:15 p.m. | A Senate vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday took an odd turn after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., read the final vote tally as protestors of the pipeline in the Senate Gallery burst into song.

Capitol Police officers dragged out five protesters, including Greg Grey Cloud of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as he bellowed a tribal song. Grey Cloud, who wore a headdress, continued singing as he was knocked to the floor and pulled to the wall of the hallway. Full story

November 14, 2014

22 Officers Join the Capitol Police

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The U.S. Capitol Police Recruit Officer Class 177 is sworn in during a ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The United States Capitol Police welcomed 22 new officers to its force Friday morning at the swearing-in ceremony for Recruit Officer Class 177.

“The men and women you see before you today are joining a unique organization with a unique mission to protect Congress, its legislative processes, members, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption or terrorism,” Daniel B. Malloy, assistant chief of police and chief operating officer, told the recruits, their families and friends gathered at the ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Malloy detailed the sizable tasks ahead for the new officers, pointing out the Capitol Police screened more than 9.8 million visitors to the Capitol grounds last year alone, along with 150,000 vehicle sweeps on campus and 27,000 sweeps off campus.

“I can’t wait to put what I learned in training to use,” new officer Zachary Madera, the recruit class’ president, said after the ceremony.

Madera, 22, from Grand Hill, Mass., has been interested in law enforcement from a young age. His father is a corrections officer and his uncle is a police officer, but Madera wanted to join the Capitol Police after learning about the opportunities for mobility.

While interning for the U.S. Marshals in D.C. as a student at Westfield State University, a Capitol Police officer came to speak to the interns about the force.

“He said he loved it because you constantly keep moving, you stay busy,” said Madera. “From that point on, I already knew I was going to apply when I was old enough … I got really lucky. I left [college] a week before I graduated — my professors all let me take the finals early — and next thing you know I’m sweating in Georgia.”

Recruit classes prepare for the force in Maryland and Georgia, undergoing grueling physical training and academic testing.

The 22 officers, ranging in age from 22 to 30, were able to relive part of their training during the swearing-in ceremony. After they took their oaths and received their pins and diplomas, the Training Services Bureau showed a video of highlights from camp.

With dramatic music playing, the officers saw themselves back at training camp and wearing black t-shirts with their motto, “Until the end, we will defend,” participating in firearm, active shooter, security screening, and geography training, which involved detailing the Capitol campus in chalk on black asphalt.

Now the new officers will be able to put their learned skills to the test. For the next four to five weeks they will participate in the Field Training Officer program, where they will rotate between the various departments. After FTO, they will receive their first assignment.


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