'Stand Down' Controversy Continues to Reverberate on Capitol Hill

An official familiar with Monday’s Capitol Hill security discussions says that all decisions deploying Capitol Police units to the Navy Yard shooting were left up to Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, who was in close communication with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier.

The full Capitol Police Board — Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers — did not delve “into the minutiae or detail of what was happening on the ground” at Navy Yard. Their conversations focused on how security should be postured around Capitol Hill, as well as the most recent intelligence about active shooter threats. Dine is an ex-officio member of the board.

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