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Published on Oct 4, 2013

US News and World Report’s Robert Schlesinger joins Bill Press as they discuss the government shutdown. They talk about how police officers that helped during the shooting at the capitol remain unpaid while congress is still receiving their salaries.


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Former D.C. Mayor Raising Funds For Unpaid Capitol Police After Deadly Chase, Shooting

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Inspired by Thursday’s deadly police chase and shooting near the U.S. Capitol, former District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty is raising money for Capitol Police Officers who are still on the job despite not receiving paychecks due to the shutdown of the federal government.

Fenty praised the heroics of the officers involved in the incident before pointing out they were currently unpaid.

“As the tragic violence unfolded at the Capitol this afternoon in my beautiful hometown, I was following closely and holding my breath,” he wrote on the fundraising page. “The entire lockdown situation was horrific, but the Capitol Police acted incredibly courageously.”

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Police cordon off the U.S. Capitol after shots were fired on Capitol Hill on Oct. 3.
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The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and exchanged shots with police, sources said.

The suspect — who sources said had a child in the car — was shot and killed, and a shelter-in-place order was lifted at about 3 p.m. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured during the pursuit.

“This appears to be an isolated incident,” said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. “Both scenes are under control.”

The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown following a car chase and shooting involving a woman who attempted to ram the White House gates.

President Barack Obama was briefed about the harrowing incident, which came in the midst of the government shutdown that has created a tense atmosphere on Capitol Hill.

It started at 2:18 p.m. when the woman in a black car tried to breach White House security at 15th St. and E, law-enforcement sources said.

People take cover as gun shots were heard at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 3.
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She did not get through and was chased at high speeds for about 12 blocks, the sources said.

Her car hit a Capitol Police vehicle at Second St. and Constitution Ave. and then crashed into barricades a few blocks away, Dine said.

Law-enforcement sources said she began firing and was shot. The child was reported to be safe.

Her motive was unknown but Dine said there was no reason to think it was an act of terrorism.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Mass., who was on the balcony talking to his colleagues, described a “burst” of gunfire from the House side of the Capitol, towards the House office buildings.

“It was like the first volley in a 21-gun salute,” Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Penn., told MNSNBC.

Travis Gilbert, who watched the chase from the roof of the Newseum, said vehicles involved “had several close encounters with other vehicles during the case.”

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Published on Sep 19, 2013

First reports came that suspected shooter Aaron Alexis had filed a police report on Aug. 7 claiming he was being targeted with microwave weapons and was hearing voices through the walls, ceiling and floor of his hotel room. Then reports came out that Alexis carved “My ELF Weapon” and “Better off this way” into his shotgun before the killings. NOW the BBC is reporting the Containment and Emergency Response Team or CERT team was told to “stand down” when they could have been on scene at the Navy Yard in under 15 minutes after the shootings began. This is bombshell…


Navy Yard: Swat team ‘stood down’ at mass shooting scene

Investigators continue to work the scene at the Navy Yard two days after a gunman killed 12 people on 16 September 2013
On Wednesday, investigators continued to process the scene

One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday’s shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.

A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.

The Capitol Police department has launched a review into the matter.

Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

“I don’t think it’s a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene,” a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC.

Assault weapons ready

A former Navy reservist, Alexis was working as a technical contractor for the Navy and had a valid pass and security clearance allowing him entry to the highly secure building in south-east Washington DC.

About 8:15 local time (12:15 GMT), Alexis entered Building 197, headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command, which builds and maintains ships and submarines for the Navy, and opened fire.

Armed with a shotgun and a pistol he took from a guard he had shot, he sprayed bullets down a hallway and fired from a balcony down on to workers in an atrium.

He fired on police officers who eventually stormed the building, and was later killed in the shootout.

Multiple sources in the Capitol Police department have told the BBC that its highly trained and heavily armed four-man Containment and Emergency Response Team (Cert) was near the Navy Yard when the initial report of an active shooter came in about 8:20 local time.

The officers, wearing full tactical gear and armed with HK-416 assault weapons, arrived outside Building 197 a few minutes later, an official with knowledge of the incident told the BBC.

‘A different outcome’

According to a Capitol Police source, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington DC’s main municipal force, told the Capitol Cert officers they were the only police on the site equipped with long guns and requested their help stopping the gunman.

“Odds are it might have had a different outcome”

Jim Konczos Capitol Police Officer

When the Capitol Police team radioed their superiors, they were told by a watch commander to leave the scene, the BBC was told.

The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was reported killed after 09:00.

Several Capitol Police sources who spoke to the BBC asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal.

Capitol Police Officer Jim Konczos, who leads the officers’ union, said the Cert police train for what are known as active shooter situations and are expert marksmen.

“Odds are it might have had a different outcome,” he said of Monday’s shooting and the decision to order the Cert unit to stand down. “It probably could have been neutralised.”

Capitol Hill Police chief Kim Dine has ordered “a comprehensive, independent review of the facts surrounding the Capitol Police’s response to the Navy Yard shootings”.

The Capitol Police Board responded by establishing what it called a “Fact Review Team”, led by Michael Stenger, a former assistant director of the US Secret Service.

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