Given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) high-ranking status, it is widely presumed that she is provided with ample security at all times, which prompted questions and scrutiny after her husband Paul was violently assaulted by an intruder in their shared San Francisco home Friday morning.
Pelosi does, in fact, have plenty of security around her, including surveillance cameras around her California residence, but it has now been revealed that those cameras weren’t being monitored at the time of the break-in, the Conservative Brief reported.
Part of the reason for that, it has further been revealed, is that Speaker Pelosi’s enhanced security goes wherever she goes, and since she was in Washington D.C. at the time of the home invasion and assault on her husband, the U.S. Capitol Police who provide that security were not paying as close of attention to her home as they would have if she had been there instead.
Surveillance cameras not being actively watched
Those revelations came from an exclusive report from The Washington Post, which cited anonymous sources within the Capitol Police department.
The report noted that the department’s command center in D.C. constantly monitors around 1,800 live feeds from surveillance cameras, most of which watch over the Capitol complex, but several which also surveil important locations around the country, such as the personal homes of prominent officials.
As it turns out, the cameras on Pelosi’s home did happen to catch the alleged suspect, David DePape, as he broke into the home, but that footage was discovered until the flashing police lights of local first responder cops were noticed and the footage from multiple camera angles was rewound and played back.
As noted, The Post reported that those cameras are “actively monitored” at all times when Pelosi is at home in San Francisco, but apparently less attention is paid to those feeds when she is in D.C. or elsewhere.
Questions are now being raised, according to The Post, about whether the security provided by the Capitol Police for Speaker Pelosi and other prominent officials is adequate, and there is talk among some members of Congress of possible legislation to further increase certain security measures.
Also coming under some scrutiny is the unofficially acknowledged fact that Pelosi’s home is equipped with a security alarm system that, if tripped, would immediately notify both the Capitol Police and San Francisco Police of a problem. Except, neither of those departments received a notification from the alarm system at the time of the break-in, suggesting that it either malfunctioned or was not armed at that crucial moment.
Capitol Police chief releases statement
Meanwhile, a statement was issued by Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger that lamented the increased level of threats against elected officials in the current “contentious political climate” and how his department has “worked diligently” to investigate potential threats and keep said officials safe.
He noted that many improvements had already been made over the past two years but that there was more to be done, including hiring and training additional officers and implementing “redundancies” in security protocols to ensure nothing slipped through the cracks — but also suggested that more resources would need to be allocated by Congress to make all of the undisclosed plans a reality.
“The USCP is working tirelessly to keep everyone safe during this tense time in American politics. We understand the urgency of today’s challenges and remain committed to our mission,” Manger concluded.