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Capitol Police Investigate Leaks About Firearms in Bathrooms

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 05:20 PM

Capitol Police say they are investigating how CQ Roll Call learned about the recent faux pas by Capitol Hill security personnel who left firearms in congressional bathrooms.

"Recent media reports regarding three cases of U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers improperly handling their department-issued weapons in the Capitol Complex should not have been released to the public, as these are law enforcement-sensitive, internal personnel matters currently under investigation," Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider said, Roll Call reported.

"At the request of Chief [Kim] Dine, the United States Capitol Police Office of Inspector General is investigating these matters. The IG is independent and reports directly to the United States Capitol Police Board," Schneider said.

Roll Call reported Friday that three weapons had reportedly been left by the security detail of both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of which was a Glock found by a child no older than 8 years old who was touring the Capitol with his family.

It is the policy of the Capitol Police to keep such matters from the public. They are shielded from Freedom of Information Act requests, but some lawmakers are questioning whether that is really the best practice.

"I think as long as we're not threatening opening the door for people to do negative things by giving out information, then I think the public should know," said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Schneider said Friday that "the department takes very seriously all breaches of department rules and has established policies that address such matters."

"Each disciplinary matter is thoroughly investigated and reviewed, employees are held accountable for their conduct, and they are provided due process in adjudicating these matters," she explained.

"As a matter of policy, the department does not routinely discuss internal personnel matters, in order to maintain the integrity of the department," she added.

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Capitol Police say they are investigating how CQ Roll Call learned about the recent faux pas by Capitol Hill security personnel who left firearms in congressional bathrooms.
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