In the first three months of 2021, the US Capitol Police (USCP) reported 4,135 threats against members of Congress, a rate so high that the total number of threats could double in 2020 if this continues, Los Angeles Times Report.
why it matters: The January 6 Capital Riot brought a renewed focus on security as well as the USCP’s shortcomings and obstacles in addressing these threats.
big picture: Threats against lawmakers have been increasing rapidly over the years. According to the Times, Capital Police investigated 902 such threats in 2016, but that number increased to 5,206 by 2018 and 8,613 by 2020.
- 6 highlighted the seriousness of security threats to lawmakers, some of whom temporarily relocated their families after the rebellion, or wore bulletproof vests to President Biden’s inauguration, according to the Times.
state of play: The USCP has taken steps to better monitor and investigate threats.
- USCP Inspector General in May recommended Promote intelligence gathering and surveillance activities of the force, including the hiring of Threat Assessment Section agents and investigative analysts.
- The USCP is in the process of opening field offices in California and Florida to investigate threats to members of Congress, as most of the threats come from these states.
- According to the Times, the events of January 6 prompted some lawmakers to act more proactively against threats, spending thousands of dollars in campaign funding to hire bodyguards for the incidents and install security systems. Did it