Capitol Police engaged in full review of Paul Pelosi assault but can't disclose details, chief says
"We believe today’s political climate calls for more resources to provide additional layers of physical security for Members of Congress," U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger says.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Tuesday that his department is engaged in a full review of the Paul Pelosi assault that took place last week.
"The USCP has engaged in a review of Friday’s incident," Manger said in a statement. "We believe today’s political climate calls for more resources to provide additional layers of physical security for Members of Congress."
He also said: "This plan would include an emphasis on adding redundancies to the measures that are already in place for congressional leadership. Hopefully you can understand that we cannot disclose the details about these improvements because our country cannot afford to make it easier for any potential bad actors."
Manger said the assistance that the Capitol Police has received from its "partner agencies is crucial to ensuring the safety and security of the members of Congress while they are away from the U.S. Capitol" and that the department will "continue to coordinate with state and local law enforcement agencies on member security."
He described Friday’s attack on Mr. Pelosi as "an alarming reminder of the dangerous threats elected officials and public figures face during today’s contentious political climate."
Manger emphasized the Capitol Police continues to monitor threats made against members of Congress.
"During this time of heightened political tension, we continue to monitor thousands of cases across the country – in an effort to stop potential threats before they make headlines," he said. "During the past five-years, roughly 12-percent of cases – in which we identified people making threats – have been prosecuted. We hope to see more of these cases prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
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