Protecting progressive heroes: Following January 6, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) exonerated Officer Michael Byrd, the incompetent officer who murdered Ashli Babbitt.
- The officer, whose name was kept secret for months, was exonerated behind closed doors with no transparency in the investigation.
- Byrd was cleared of criminal wrongdoing without USCP even conducting an interview.
- By exonerating Byrd, progressives painted him as a hero rather than a perpetrator of police brutality.
Funding diversity and growing in size: After the protests at the Capitol, the USCP received an $88.4 million boost in its budget. And it’s still $15 million short of what the acting chief requested.
- For reference, last year’s budget was half a billion dollars, larger than the entire Detroit Police Department’s budget.
- Where did the money go? To hiring 2,000 more officers and 450 civilian employees, and to diversity training (a partisan effort).
Spying on Congress: The USCP’s intelligence units are now examining the backgrounds and social media of those who meet with lawmakers. Essentially, the Capitol Police are spying on Congress and those who meet there for “security” reasons.
- Its actions parallel America’s Patriot Act, a measure that allowed the state to spy on civilians under the guise of “security.”
- Since Jan. 6, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has used her power over the USCP to install a hand-picked security advisor for the Capitol. The adviser has recommended background checks for staff.
- The Assistant Chief for Protective and Intelligence Operations of the USCP, Yogananda Pittman, is also a Biden donor.
Breaking into delegate offices: According to allegations by Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), a USCP officer entered his office and took a photo of his whiteboard, which had details of various legislative plans. The picture was then passed around to other analysts within the USCP because it looked suspicious.
- In response, the inspector general for the USCP opened a formal investigation to determine whether the agency has been inappropriately surveilling Congress, staff, and visitors.
Big picture: After Jan. 6, the USCP has openly spiraled into a partisan machine, protecting the establishment and spying on those that threaten it.