Why weren't Capitol cops monitoring CCTV feed of Nancy Pelosi's home? More questions over David DePape attack

The revelation has raised concerns about the municipality's understaffed force, which is in charge of protecting 535 members of Congress

Why weren't Capitol cops monitoring CCTV feed of Nancy Pelosi's home? More questions over David DePape attack
US Capitol cops stopped monitoring security cameras at Nancy Pelosi's home, missing out on David DePape's break-in (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, Paul Morigi/Getty Images, Inside Edition screenshot/YouTube)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: David DePape, who broke into Nancy Pelosi's home and hit her husband Paul Pelosi with a hammer on October 28, was captured on live video outside Nancy Pelosi's $6 million home. However, Capitol Police were not checking the footage at the time due to a lack of manpower, according to DailyMail.

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Apparently, detectives in Washington stopped watching the 24/7 feed once Nancy Pelosi traveled to Washington, DC last week, ignoring a vital vantage point immediately outside the politician's home. The break-in would have been visible had officers been watching the feed in real time. This has raised concerns about the municipality's understaffed force, which is in charge of protecting 535 members of Congress. The suspect is a fringe activist who subscribed to several conspiracy theories. He planned to attack other politicians as well and was caught with a list of well-known local and national politicians as well as members of their families, according to a document filed on Tuesday, November 1.

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In connection with the assault, DePape, 42, is accused of many felonies, including attempted murder. Paul, 82, had a broken skull and other unidentified injuries.


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On the same day that the attack was made public, the prosecution stated in court that Nancy was the target of the man's alleged "suicide mission" on Friday, October 28. When she couldn't be found, DePape took out his frustration on her husband, who opened the door and was hit at least once with a hammer.

Capitol Police put up cameras around the Pelosi home over eight years ago. She has had a 24-hour security team assigned to her ever since. However, Pelosi's security detail appears to have left with her hours after she flew back to Washington, DC from San Francisco last week. Apparently, Washington police even stopped regularly monitoring the live stream.

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive for a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street on September 16, 2021 in London, England. The speaker of the United States House of Representatives is in the UK to participate in the G7 Heads of Parliament Conference this week in Chorley, England.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive for a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street on September 16, 2021 in London, England (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

When one of Capitol Police's protectees is away, according to sources acquainted with Capitol procedures, Capitol Police tends to pay less attention to surveillance cameras. This claim seemed to be supported by San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins at a press conference on Tuesday, November 1.

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Answering a reporter's query, Jenkins said, "There was no security present." Currently, Capitol Police is attempting to put more than 100 security practice modifications—including upgrades to officer training, protocols, and personnel—that were suggested by outside analysts.


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