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Analysis: Questions Linger Regarding Capitol Police Response Time In Navy Yard Shooting

It's been a week of trauma and grief for the D.C. area following Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. And while investigators continue to search for a motive or explanation for the attack, there are lingering questions about how the U.S. Capitol Police responded to the emergency. There are reports that a Capitol Police response team arrived on the scene within minutes of the shooting but was ordered to "stand down" by a supervisor. Police Chief Kim Dine has called for an investigation into those allegations. David Hawkings, writer for the Hawkings Here column for Roll Call, has an analysis of the situation.

On the Capitol Police's mission is to protect Congress and the Capitol, and what questions the reports raise about their role in other parts of the District:

"Where we live is a city of so many police jurisdictions. And there is often confusion. The Capitol Police's jurisdiction is global. They can go wherever a member of Congress is. And they often do — they often to travel to members' districts if there are security challenges back at their houses. Their mission is to protect Capitol Hill. So presumably they were thinking at the outset, 'what's going on at the Navy Yard?'"

D.C.'s Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton expected to meet with the Capitol Police Union to talk about these allegations. On what influence can she have over the investigation:

"Some members of the police union are upset about this, and they are turning to their local member of Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, to air their grievances. Norton does not have a formal role in the administration of the Capitol. But as the delegate, she represents the neighborhood. She represents many of the cops that would be involved in this."

On the status of the government shutdown bill:

"Well it looks like they're going to get through the first stage of that this afternoon with less drama than they thought. It is really too early to predict. It's all going to come down to what I think what Speaker Boehner decides to do."

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