police shootings

Shooting of Capitol Police Officers Was Turning Point for Department
20 years later, department has seen budget nearly quadruple as concerns rose

Members of the United States Capitol Police honor guard stand with a wreath during the annual United States Capitol Police memorial service on May 8 honoring the four USCP officers who have died in the line of duty. This year is the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson while protecting the U.S. Capitol from a gunman'’s attack on July 24, 1998. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It has been 20 years since a man with a gun walked into the U.S. Capitol and went on a shooting rampage that killed two Capitol Police personnel and set off two decades of hardening security around Capitol Hill.

Security protocols have ramped up everywhere from airports to museums, and much of the change is attributed to the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. But on Capitol Hill, the deaths of Detective John M. Gibson and Officer Jacob J. Chestnut on July 24, 1998, prompted big changes even before the attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

Democrats Use CBO Report to Message Against Obamacare Repeal
Number of House Democrats skipping Trump’s inauguration continues to grow

Pelosi, right, and other Democrats are using a new CBO report to message against Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats gained a useful messaging tool Tuesday in their efforts to thwart the GOP’s plan to dismantle the 2010 health care law, as the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying up to 32 million people would lose their insurance under a previous Republican proposal.

The CBO also estimated that marketplace premiums would nearly double under the GOP repeal legislation President Barack Obama vetoed last year. Republicans are using that prior budget reconciliation bill as a model for legislation they are drafting. Speaker Paul D. Ryan has said the new legislation will include some pieces of replacement policy as well. 

Pittenger Apologizes for Suggesting Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'
North Carolina GOP congressman says comments don't "reflect who I am"

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized for his comments on the protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized for saying that protesters who turned out after the fatal shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, "hate white people."

The Republican lawmaker, whose current House district includes a part of Charlotte, said in an interview with the BBC on Thursday that there was "nothing racial about what happened" when Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was shot Tuesday by an black police officer.

The Latest From the DNC
Hillary Clinton has officially won the Democratic nomination

From left, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Jane Sanders and Bernie Sanders listen to nominating speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark)

Chart: Annual Average of Police Officer Fatalities, by Presidency
Line of duty deaths have steadily declined since peaking in the 1970s

Roll Call analyzed police officer deaths in the line of duty by presidency. After peaking in the 1970s, fatalities have decreased, on average, in recent years.  

Police Union: 'Irresponsible' to Carry Weapons During Convention
Calls for temporary suspension of Ohio's open carry laws in Cleveland

Steve Thacker, center, a member of a group supporting open-carry laws, speaks to reporters in Cleveland. (William Edwards/AFP/Getty Images)

Cleveland's police union, citing the recent shooting of officers in Texas and Louisiana, has called for a temporary restriction of Ohio's open carry gun laws during the Republican convention.  

"I couldn't care less if it's legal or not," Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said in an interview Monday on CNN . "We are constitutional law enforcement, we love the Constitution, support it and defend it, but you can't go into a crowded theater and scream fire. And that's exactly what they're doing by bringing those guns down there."  

Donald Trump Equates Nation of Islam with 'Radical Islam'
After Baton Rouge attack, billionaire says both groups are "bad people"

Donald Trump equated the Nation of Islam with extremist terrorist groups in an interview on Fox News on Monday morning, calling both, "bad people," and repeating his call for increased "law and order" in response to recent police slayings.  

"You look at so many different fronts, you know, radical Islam, and by the way, he seems to be a member of that group also," Trump said, referring to the man who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday. Shooter Gavin Eugene Long is allegedly a former member of the black separatist group Nation of Islam.

Kasich's Words to NAACP on Police Shootings Contrast With Trump's
GOP nominee declined invitation to speak at annual conference

Ohio Gov. John Kasich touted programs he introduced in his own state after a series of police shootings as a national model. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich called for better police-community relations and condemned the recent slayings of police officers at the NAACP national conference in Cincinnati on the eve of the Republican National Convention.  

"See, I think we all want the same thing," Kasich said Sunday. "We all want our children to do well. We all want peace and tranquility in our neighborhoods."  

Why Obama’s Vision of ‘One American Family’ Matters
President believes righteous anger can be transformed into justice, peace

President Barack Obama seems to believe in America far more than those who insist he hates it, writes Mary C. Curtis. Also seen in the photo, from left, former first lady Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush and first lady Michelle Obama. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama rose to the occasion. In a Dallas speech that started with a joke about the first lady’s love of Stevie Wonder and quickly grew solemn, the president included everyone, and asked something of everyone, as well. He acknowledged his own humanity and imperfections and asked those on all sides to do the same.  

And he reminded those listening, at least those with the “new heart” and “new spirit” the Lord promised Ezekiel, that he is a leader who cherishes the promise of America. For someone whose faith has been questioned, the president always reaches deep into Scripture for comforting messages.  

McCarthy: No Gun Bill This Week, But Dallas Response Possible
Gun control vote 'will inflame things,' Ryan says

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House will not vote on its delayed counterterrorism and gun control package this week, but it may offer a legislative response to the Dallas shooting, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a brief interview Monday.   

"We're not bringing it up this week," the California Republican said of a GOP counterterrorism bill that includes a three-day delay on gun sales to anyone on a terrorist watch list. The sale would be blocked only if the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list.