Friday, May 1, 2015

Dropped Glock Found by Tot - Back to School For Capitol Cops?

Photo from Roll Call

So it seems that some United States Capitol Police officers have a bad habit of leaving pistols behind when they exit the gent's bathroom. Two of the USCP's pistols were found by surprised visitors - one of them a child - since January, and a third was found by a janitor last month.

Roll Call reports, Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms:
When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places.

A 7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents found the next loaded Glock lost by a dignitary protection officer, according to the source. A member of the security detail for John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the Speaker’s Suite on March 24.

A third Glock was found the night of April 16 by a janitor cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters building on D Street NE. The weapon was left in plain sight, sparking additional concern about the department charged with protecting one of the world’s most important and frequently visited complexes.

On Friday, CQ Roll Call spoke with members who called for a full investigation into firearms regulations. House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said he wanted Capitol Police to “retrain everyone that carries a gun.”

Does everyone on the USCP need to be retrained? Since at least two of the three culprits were dignitary protection guys and not regular Capitol Police officers, maybe that retraining ought to be focused on them, where it evidently belongs.


James said...

Make them work a month or two with out any fire arms. The other ones can pick up the slack. Kind of like the old days of you screwed up and you walked point.

TSB said...

It's not like these were the first cops to ever leave a pistol in a toilet stall, but this shows a pretty serious failure in discipline. Do that in some hotel (FBI agents have) or even an airplane (TSA), but not on Capitol Hill in front of all the people who run your agency.

James said...

A little lightness for the week:

Anonymous said...

TSB: Is it true that Glocks have no safety? Maybe they need a sign in the toilet stalls warning kids not to pull the trigger? gwb

TSB said...

GWB: The Glock company will say they have a "Safe Action" trigger, but basically they have no safety. Provided there is a round in the chamber, it will go off if a kid or anyone else pulls the trigger.

This is where the NRA school safety program comes in, but liberals abhor the idea of teaching gun safety to kids.