Report: Capitol Police Chief Will Remain on the Job Despite Controversies and Harry Reid Cover Up

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine address the media regarding a police chase and shooting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.
AP Photo/Molly Riley

Roll Call is reporting embattled Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine will remain on the job. On April 10, that newspaper had reported that Dine had submitted his letter of resignation to the Capitol Police Board, the three member panel consisting of the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Architect of the Capitol, to whom he reports.

It has been a fast moving two weeks since Roll Call first reported Dine’s resignation.

On April 11, a young man committed suicide on the steps of the Capitol.

On April 14, Assistant Police Chief Daniel Malloy announced his retirement, effective April 30. A day later, Deputy Chief Matt Verderosa was named as his replacement.

On April 15, a gyrocopter landed on the west lawn of the Capitol, and the vehicle’s pilot, Doug Hughes, a postal worker from Florida, was arrested. Mr. Hughes said he was protesting about the need for campaign finance reform.

Roll Call reported that it obtained a memo from the Capitol Board, released Monday evening, which said in part:

The Capitol Police Board will continue to work with Chief Dine and Assistant Chief Verderosa to improve our service to the Capitol Community and to provide the officers with the necessary support they need to maintain the safety, openness and security of the Capitol.

The message did not address prior reports that Dine had recently submitted his letter of resignation.

Roll Call and other media outlets, including the Washington Post, took this message as an indication that Chief Dine would remain on the job.

As Breitbart News has reported, the Capitol Police have refused to release the Event Report filed by the Capitol Police security detail assigned to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) on January 1, 2015, the day he sustained serious injuries at his Henderson, Nevada residence.

For most of Chief Dine’s tenure, which began in 2012, his leadership has been marred by external and internal turmoil. Several incidents, in addition to the stonewalling of information about Reid’s injuries and the recent gyroscope landing, have been controversial.

In 2013, Capitol Police officers were ordered to stand down during the deadly Washington Navy Yard shootings. That same year, a distraught mother driving erratically was shot and killed by Capitol Police. In 2014, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was jostled by protesters on while testifying on Capitol Hill. In January 2015, Capitol Police officers were ordered not to arrest a speeding driver stopped on Capitol Hill during President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Breitbart News has once again requested the Capitol Police release the Event Report surrounding the New Year’s Day incident in which Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sustained severe injuries, but has received no response.

Requests submitted by Breitbart News to the Public Information Office, the Inspector General, and the General Counsel of the Capitol Police for this information have all been ignored or refused.