Lack of Security at Pelosi’s Home Is Raising Serious Questions
(RightWing.org) – Over the last decade, politicians on both sides of the aisle have faced growing threats to their personal safety. In 2017, a shooter opened fire at a baseball practice as Republicans prepared to play Democrats in a friendly game to support charity. The gunman shot five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), seriously wounding the GOP leader. In the wake of the January 6, 2021, riot on Capitol Hill, some lawmakers began calling on a higher presence of law enforcement for personal safety.
On Friday, October 28, 42-year-old Dave DePape allegedly attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband in their California home. In recent days, the attack has raised serious questions. Among them: Where was the security at the residence, and how did the intruder easily gain access to the home and brutally harm the speaker’s husband?
Where Was Security?
While the speaker was in Washington, DC, her husband was at home in their California residence. Around 2 a.m. on Friday, DePape allegedly broke into the couple’s home, shouting, “Where is Nancy?” As he moved through the house, Paul Pelosi called 911. Approximately two minutes later, police arrived on the scene. According to one report, police knocked on the door, and an unknown individual allowed them to enter. They observed the suspect and Pelosi struggling to acquire a hammer. After the attack, the 82-year-old needed surgery for a skull fracture.
Still, some wondered who the person was that answered the door and why they didn’t come to Pelosi’s aid. After some began asking questions, police changed their story and said no one else but Pelosi and DePape were present in the house. Law enforcement officials said he intended to keep his victim tied up until Nancy returned home.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told the media that police saw Pelosi and DePape fighting for a hammer. The officers watched as the suspect pulled it away from Pelosi and then began to “violently assault him with it.”
Police immediately arrested the assailant.
Harmeet Dillion is the former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party and a National Committeewoman of the Republican National Committee for California. She is also the founder of a law practice and a practicing attorney. She tweeted how her firm had served a lawsuit against Paul Pelosi and that law enforcement was present, as was staff. She said a break-in was “odd.”
My firm served a lawsuit against Paul Pelosi one time in SF after attempting to serve at other residences—Napa, Georgetown. They weren’t home, but staff were, & multiple law enforcement officers were on the perimeter. Break-in is odd given this level of security.
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) October 28, 2022
DePape Charged With Numerous Crimes
Federal prosecutors charged DePape with influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal official by threatening or injuring a family member. Additionally, he faces a single count of kidnapping a US official on account of performance of official duties.
In addition, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins may file state charges. Police arrested him for suspicion of attempted murder, burglary, and elder abuse. The DA said there was no evidence the two men knew each other and that DePape was targeting Speaker Pelosi.
It seems there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the incident. Hopefully, Paul Pelosi makes a quick and complete recovery — and that he can answer a few of them.
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