Capitol Police Issues Grim Warning

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( – According to Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger, while there has been a decline in the threats received by Congress members, the number still remains too high. As Manger noted during a press release the high number of threats has led to both more investigative duties and protection responsibilities for the police.

According to the latest report by the agency’s Threat Assessment Section in 2022, there were a total of 7,501 cases investigated. The range of seriousness of these threats varied from direct threats to concerning statements. This number marks a decrease of around two thousand cases since 2021 when the number of cases was 9,625. Similarly, in 2020 the number of threats was also higher than in 2022 with a total of 8,613 threats.

As Manger pointed out this is the first time in five years that the number of cases for investigation has dropped. He added that the decrease in violent political rhetoric across the country is crucial in order to reduce the number of cases and help keep everyone safe.

In 2021, the Capitol Police had to expand and open two new field offices in Florida and California in order to handle the threats in those two states. As the agency noted, those were the two states with the most threats against Congress members. Following the attack on Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband, there was outrage from both sides, as they both condemned this type of violence and noted that Congress members should not be experiencing this high number of threats.

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