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February 27, 2015

Code Pink Feeling Stifled by Capitol Police Crackdown

CodePink protesters more likely to end up in handcuffs on the Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lately, Code Pink protests have ended with handcuffs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Forced into handcuffs before and after congressional hearings over the past two days, protesters organizing with Code Pink are fuming about the beefed-up presence of Capitol Police when contentious, high-profile officials testify on Capitol Hill.

On Thursday, officers arrested Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, when he rose from his seat to challenge Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. after the conclusion of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats. Full story

February 25, 2015

Officer Morale a Hot Topic for Capitol Police at Appropriations Hearing

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)

Wasserman Schultz worries low morale among Capitol Police could distract from protecting the complex. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Low morale among Capitol Police was a hot topic for law enforcement officials on Wednesday during a series of panels convened by the House lawmakers who set the department’s budget.

Both House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving and Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine fielded questions about low officer morale from longtime Legislative Branch appropriator Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the subcommittee’s top Democrat. She professed a “notable uptick” in the number of officers pulling her aside on the Hill to chat about internal department issues. Full story

February 23, 2015

Court Reinstates FMLA Complaint Against Capitol Police

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Capitol Police officer who sued the department in April 2012 with allegations of Family and Medical Leave Act interference and retaliation won a small victory in District of Columbia appeals court on Feb. 20 when the court reinstated her claim.

Judy Anne Gordon, a private first class assigned to the Capitol Division, applied for 240 hours of FMLA leave in May 2011, about six months after her husband’s suicide. The Indian Hill, Md., resident filed medical papers explaining she was experiencing intermittent periods of severe and incapacitating depression as a result of the suicide.

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Capitol Police Chief’s Leadership Questioned

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

The State of the Union car chase has put Dine’s leadership of the Capitol Police under scrutiny. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The State of the Union night car chase that ended without arrest added new strains to already tense relationships inside the law enforcement community on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Police officers who were disturbed and embarrassed by the Jan. 20 incident allege it’s part of a frustrating pattern. They say commanders have instructed the rank and file to refrain from “low-value” stops — including traffic violations involving drunk driving and drug impairment on streets around the Capitol campus, multiple sources confirmed — because those arrests do not contribute to thwarting terrorism and protecting Congress.

Within the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin were frustrated when they were unable to get an accurate portrayal of the facts about the high-speed chase that ended on Washington Avenue Southwest, adjacent to the Rayburn House Office Building.

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February 12, 2015

Immigration Protests in Capitol Offices Strain Police

Tears welling in her eyes, Maria Sotomayor explained to a staffer in the office of Rep. Lou Barletta how the Pennsylvania Republican put her family at risk by attempting to dismantle President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

“It’s not about politics,” chanted Sotomayor echoed by four other protesters. “But it’s about the people that they’re hurting. It’s about our grandmothers, our grandfathers, our mothers and fathers.”  The 22-year-old, representing the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, was one of 300 protesters who descended Wednesday on Capitol Hill to stage sit-in demonstrations in the offices of Republican leaders and outspoken anti-immigration critics. Full story

February 10, 2015

Capitol Police Diversity Officer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Nearly 10 months after she was escorted from Capitol Police headquarters, the civilian employee who headed the department’s Office of Diversity pleaded guilty to embezzling public money during her previous employment at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Deborah K. Lewis, 48, of Temple Hills, Md., orchestrated a scheme involving gift cards that cost the federal government nearly $2,400 from April 2008 to April 2010, when she was employed as ICE’s chief diversity officer, according to court documents. Charges in the case, filed in March 2014, exposed Capitol Police to criticism for questionable hiring practices. In the wake of the guilty plea, the department would not disclose whether Lewis is still on paid administrative leave. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 11:26 a.m.
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February 5, 2015

Army Veteran Arrested for Threatening Capitol Shooting

Capitol Police officer Ty Bond stands guard on the East Front plaza of the Capitol in January 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police officer Ty Bond stands guard on the East Front plaza of the Capitol in January 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Maryland man who allegedly threatened this week to come to the Capitol and shoot an employee has been arrested and charged, according to the U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

On Feb. 2, Michael Bogoslavski, a 33-year-old Army veteran living in Cheverly, Md., sent text messages to a federal employee who worked in the Capitol, saying he was planning to come to the employee’s work place with guns and shoot them and others, according to an affidavit. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 2:36 p.m.
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Capitol Police Make Rapid Response to CodePink Protesters After McCain Outrage

Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., confers with an aide during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense, February 4, 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Police quashed two outbursts during McCain’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Order was promptly restored when CodePink activists disrupted a Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, one week after Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., was “raising hell” about a delayed response by Capitol Police.

The nine uniformed officers inside the Dirksen committee room swiftly escorted a man in an orange jumpsuit from the front row of a hearing on the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba detention facility after he hopped to his feet and yelled, “What’s wrong with you, America?” in reaction to remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Full story

February 4, 2015

Capitol Police Drug Bust Goes Bust

Charges may be refiled agains suspect arrested in a Dec. 23  drug bust. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Charges may be refiled against a suspect arrested in a Dec. 23 drug bust. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A New York man arrested on Dec. 23 in one of the biggest drug busts in recent Capitol Police history had his case dismissed in January, when the government failed to produce a witness.

Police found 60 blue oxycodone pills, along with drug paraphernalia and cash, during a search-and-arrest initiated two days before Christmas — in broad daylight on an empty Capitol campus — when the man drove up to the South Barricade in a gray Honda Civic. Dennis A. Silva, 25, was charged with possession with intent to distribute what appeared to be prescription narcotics, a felony punishable with up to 30 years in prison. Full story

January 29, 2015

McCain Outraged by CodePink Protesters, Police Response

Sen. John McCain’s reaction to protesters who disrupted a hearing, calling one “low-life scum,” garnered media attention Thursday, but the incident also has sparked calls for an investigation into the Capitol Police’s response to the rowdy CodePink activists.

“We’ve got a letter going to the police,” the Arizona Republican said in the Senate Subway. “And I’ve already talked to [Sen. Roy Blunt], who’s the chairman of the Rules Committee, about the sergeant-at-arms being involved. No, we’re raising hell about it.” Full story

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