Capitol Police Chief has warned threats against Congress members are growing
Steven Sund testified before House Administration Committee on Tuesday
Comes a day after House Homeland Security Chairman demanded extra protection
Bennie Thompson expressed concerns for the safety of certain Congress members
Trump launched a Twitter attack against Democratic lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad’ at the weekend
By SOPHIE TANNO
17 July 2019
A Capitol Police chief has warned threats against Members of Congress are growing – just one day after the Homeland Security Chairman demanded extra protection.
Steven Sund made the comments while testifying before the House Administration Committee on Tuesday.
According to Sund, there have been over 2,500 threats made so far this year and the number could be on track to break last year’s record which stands at 4,900.
‘We continue to see the threat assessment cases that we’re opening continue to grow,’ Sund said.
‘For fiscal year 2018, we had approximately 4,894 cases. So far, for this year, we have 2,502 cases. So we’re on par to probably break last year’s.’
Sund testified at the request of House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Bennie Thompson.
Thompson on Wednesday called for extra protection for certain members of Congress, and expressed concerns Trump’s rhetoric could encourage attacks against Congress members.
He wrote a letter to the Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, calling for the Capitol Police Board to ‘analyze the current threat environment and set thresholds for enhanced safety of Members’.