September 6, 2008 |
U.S. Capitol Police said they found a hand grenade, two loaded firearms and other "items of concern" in a Jeep Cherokee driven by a 27-year-old man who was arrested yesterday morning near the Library of Congress. The suspect, identified as Christopher S. Timmons, of Orange, Va., was arrested at Second Street and Independence Avenue SE and charged with carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokeswoman. There might be additional charges, she said.
June 24, 2008 |
The U.S. Capitol Police have dismissed about one-quarter of their latest group of recruits after discovering the individuals had been hired despite failing criminal background checks, psychological exams and other employment criteria, officials said yesterday. The 15 recruits, who were about halfway through a 12-week training course in Georgia, were recalled to Washington over the weekend and told yesterday to resign within five days or be fired, according to several officials. Some of the recruits had...
October 5, 2013 |
IT IS immeasurably sad that a 34-year-old mother is dead after a harrowing chase with police on Capitol Hill. Whether her death could have been avoided is another issue, one that must be answered as authorities investigate both her intentions and their response to her actions. Miriam Carey , a Connecticut woman who reportedly was battling mental health issues, was unarmed when she was fatally shot by police Thursday afternoon. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car as it crashed...
October 31, 2012
Joseph L. Williams Jr., 62, who served as a U.S. Capitol Police officer for 26 years, died Oct. 17 at his home in Indian Head. He had pancreatic cancer, said his daughter, Tara Clark. Mr. Williams retired from the police force in 1999. From 2000 to 2006, he was a health and safety officer with Matthews & Pierce Masonry in White Plains. Joseph Leroy Williams Jr. was a District native. He grew up in Oxon Hill and graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1968. He served in the Air Force from 1969...
July 9, 2008 |
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the U.S. Capitol Police have tried to become a premier anti-terrorism force, rapidly expanding as the agency's budget tripled. But a series of recent mistakes has highlighted the difficulties of changing a force once made up of glorified security guards. The gaffes seem stunning for a department that protects the nation's most powerful lawmakers: One-quarter of the newest batch of recruits was hired despite failing criminal checks and other employment criteria; a team of officers overlooked a crude...
December 9, 2012
Last week, my wife and I thought it would be fun to attend the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree about 150 yards from the building. Tuesday's ceremony was on public land at public expense with public employees, the Capitol Police, providing security. However, members of the public were treated as second-class citizens, required to stand behind a fence about 75 yards from the tree. Only members of Congress and their friends and families, whose names were on "the list" held by a young man at the gate, were...