Threats against members of Congress have increased dramatically in 2021, reflecting the heightened sense of security facing federal lawmakers in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The United States Capitol Police (USCP) reported Friday that there’s been a 107% increase in threats to members of Congress compared to 2020 and predicted no let-up in sight.
“Provided the unique threat environment we currently live in, the (UCSP) Department is confident the number of cases will continue to increase,” the Capitol Police department said in a statement Friday.
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The threat assessment tracks with what members of Congress have been saying this year after they survived an unprecedented attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob seeking to stop the certification of President Biden’s election victory. About 140 police officers were injured in the riot and five people died, including Officer Brian Sicknick who suffered a stroke after defending the Capitol.
House members and senators have had to ramp their own personal security to combat the threats by spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds for private security details and installing surveillance systems.
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