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Responders to Capitol incident working without pay

Oct. 4, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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When a woman police believe to be 34-year-old Miriam Carey rammed her car into the security barrier at the White House and then again near the Capitol building, it was Capitol Police and Secret Service officers who responded.

But while law enforcement officers shot and killed the suspect, protected members of Congress and secured the area, they were not getting paid for their work because of the ongoing government shutdown.

Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which counts Secret Service, Capitol Police and other agencies among its members, said that while law enforcement officers will be paid after the shutdown concludes they are being exposed to financial hardship for as long as the shutdown lasts.

“These folks are working without compensation and doing their jobs well,” Adler said.

He said incidents such as these remind people why law enforcement officers are needed, but after the shutdown is concluded law enforcement agencies will face lower spending levels than in fiscal 2013.

The Capitol Police, Secret Service and the FBI are assisting the D.C. metropolitan police in the ongoing investigation.

Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said at a press conference the officer injured in the car chase “is doing fine” and that he struck a barricade as he pursued the suspect.

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