Capitol Police

Baseball Shooting Raises Lawmaker Protection Questions
Incident prompts discussion of security at practices and the Capitol

Alexandria Police line the street with police tape across the street from Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot during baseball practice. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress know they could be targets of violence, but they didn’t see it coming at their early morning practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.

“It was absolutely a safe space. We get up at 5:30 in the morning, just to go play baseball,” said Rep. Mike Bishop. “It does rattle your sense of what’s safe and what isn’t.”

4 Arrests After Pot ‘Smoke In’ on Capitol Lawn

Bummer on Capitol Hill: Seven Arrested at 4/20 Event

Seven people at a pro-marijuana legalization event outside the Dirksen Office Building were arrested on Thursday, three on possession with intent to distribute and four with possession. The event participants were giving out free joints to congressional staffers and believed they were on D.C. land where possession of marijuana is legal. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was on the scene.

Global Events Drive Inauguration Security
Capitol’s top law enforcement officials consider new threats

Larkin, left, and Irving, right, must weigh security versus access when it comes to the inauguration. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Threats, both domestic and foreign, are driving some of the logistics of the 58th presidential inauguration as the Capitol’s top law enforcement officers prepare to secure the public and members of all three branches of government at the same time in the same place.

Recent events in France and Germany, where terrorists drove trucks into crowds of people, pose a new type of threat to consider when handling planning for the day, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank Larkin said.

Man who Pointed Gun at Capitol Police Pleads Guilty
Larry Dawson was shot twice in the ensuing fracas

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand guard at the steps leading to the Capitol from the Capitol Visitor Center. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Larry Dawson, who pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at police at the Capitol Visitor Center last March, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers while using a deadly weapon.

Dawson, now 67, had reached for a BB gun hidden near his waist after twice setting off the metal detector, according to plea documents. Ignoring orders from police to drop his weapon, Dawson pointed his gun at the officer who had screened him and was shot twice. 

Meet Capitol Hill's 'Jesus Lady': A Consistent Presence Since 1979

She’s been a fixture on Capitol Hill for decades. Members of Congress, staffers, journalists and other community dwellers all know her and her signature mannequin — of Jesus. She’s Rita Warren, more commonly known around the Hill as Jesus Lady.

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Hawaii Lawmakers
Capitol Police and FBI agents arrested the man Friday.

Hirono was one of the man's targets. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police and FBI agents arrested a Tennessee man Friday for threatening to kill Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, both Hawaii Democrats.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Middle District of Tennessee announced that Keahiokahouna Stewart, 36, of Murfreesboro, was taken into custody and charged with "threatening to murder a United States official and transmitting in interstate commerce, a communication containing a threat."

Capitol Police Evacuate Ford Building
Suspicious package later found to be nonthreatening

Capitol Police evacuated the Ford building after a suspicious package was discovered. (Google Streetscape)

Capitol Police evacuated staff on Tuesday from the Ford House Office Building over a suspicious package, later deemed nonhazardous.  

Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said an "object was found in a mechanical room." It was inspected and found not to be a threat. Staff was then allowed back in the building.  

Security Scare Puts Capitol on Brief Lockdown
What was thought to be a weapon turns out to be power drill, sources say

The Capitol was briefly on lockdown on Friday as police said they were searching for a person of interest. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

The U.S. Capitol was briefly on lockdown while police searched for a "person of interest" who was believed to have a weapon.  

Capitol Police lifted the lockdown after it was determined that the woman in question didn't have a weapon. Sources said she was carrying a drill and tools in her backpack.