Capitol Police

Capitol Police Officer Injured in Car Crash
Police carry out controlled demolition of suspicious vehicle’s trunk

Capitol Police investigate at the scene of an incident in March in which a Capitol Police officer fired shots at a woman who rammed a police cruiser. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By ANDREW BREINER and BRIDGET BOWMAN, CQ Roll Call

A Capitol Police officer sustained minor injuries Monday after a car crashed into a USCP vehicle near the Library of Congress. The driver of the car was also injured. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said there is currently no evidence that the incident was related to terrorism.

Security Gets a Nudge Around D.C.

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.