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Incident On The West Front Of The U.S. Capitol

July 20, 2007
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677 July 20, 2007 @ 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, July 19, 2007, a United States Capitol Police officer had an interaction with Congressman Christopher Shays on the West Front of the Capitol wherein the Congressman acted in a manner that was inappropriate.

The officer took offense to the manner in which the Congressman spoke to him and said that the Congressman also reached out and touched his nametag.

The officer chose to handle the matter by filing a courtesy complaint against the Member. After personally meeting with the officer, Chief of Police Phillip D. Morse, Sr. and Assistant Chief of Police Dan Nichols discussed the matter with Congressman Shays who acknowledged he acted inappropriately in the heat of the moment and took full responsibility for his actions. The Congressman stated his full support and admiration for the officers of the U.S. Capitol Police and offered his apologies.

Chief Morse fully supports the officer involved in this matter and commends the officer for properly following policy and procedure during this encounter.

If there are any questions about these events or security procedures, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.


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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer