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U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief J. Thomas Manger has requested additional government employees following the alleged assault on Paul Pelosi. The alleged attacker, 42-year-old David DePape, was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly entered the house before striking Pelosi in the head with a hammer.
“Friday’s attack against Paul Pelosi is an alarming reminder of the dangerous threats elected officials and public figures face during today’s contentious political climate,” Manger said in a press release.
“Since January 6, 2021, we have implemented a long list of improvements, including adding significant staffing to address the security in and around the U.S. Capitol Complex. The Department is on track to meet our goal of hiring nearly 280 officers by the end of the year. It takes the better part of a year to put recruits through the academy,” he continued.
“While progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to do. The Department’s long-term plans to expand our protective operations are already underway– their importance only emphasized by Friday’s brutal attack. We will continue to work with our Congressional partners to add additional agents and security enhancements to support our protective operations mission.”
Numerous users offered their opinions on the matter after The New York Times shared the story on Twitter.
“The Pelosis are more than capable of paying for their own security with the profits from her insider trading,” quipped one user.
The Pelosis are more than capable of paying for their own security with the profits from her insider trading.
— Adam Waite (@TheAdamWaite) November 2, 2022
The Pelosi residence had a constant and large security presence, even when the couple was out of the house, according to a former neighbor interviewed by the Daily Mail.
“There were black cars outside that house, particularly up on Normandie Terrace, all of the time,” the 66-year-old, who lived by the Pelosis for a decade, told the outlet.
“I don’t distinguish between her being there and not being there. There were always multiple cars.”
The UCSP has reportedly expanded significantly over the past decade, especially following the protests at the Capitol on January 6th, 2020.
One announcement by the agency in July of 2021 revealing their plan to create new field offices in order to help investigate threats against members of congress caused great controversy among state lawmakers, who argued UCSP is overstepping its bounds.
“Next month, I will be filing legislation to stop the Capitol Police from creeping into Florida,” Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-FL) wrote at the time.
.@mattgaetz is exactly right
Next month, I will be filing legislation to stop the Capitol Police from creeping into Florida https://t.co/cDJzejpBVx
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) August 1, 2021