U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has been making false emergency calls to Capitol Police to test their response time. The Nebraska Republican did it twice last week, HuffPost reports, and the Capitol Police are “furious,” with one calling it “reprehensible.”
Congressman Fortenberry did not call 911, he called police by using the duress button installed in his office that links to Capitol Police. But he told them that he was testing the button, so they did not respond.
HuffPost reports, “according to the officers, it turns out the Republican lawmaker wasn’t testing the device itself; he was testing how quickly police would come to his office. When they didn’t come, he pushed the button a second time. Officers were almost to his office when they got word it was a test, so they turned back. This apparently upset Fortenberry, who concluded the officers were slow to respond.”
One officer says the Capitol Police Department “is already overworked and hypervigilant for actual threats. Morale cannot get any worse.”
“This sort of behavior from a member or their staff is reprehensible,” they added.
“Apparently,” another said, “he doesn’t feel safe in a building with 800 officers in it.”
At least four Capitol Police officers have died in the past few months. Most recently, Officer William “Billy” Evans was killed earlier this month after a madman stormed the gates with his car, wounding a second officer as well. The day after the January 6 insurrection, Officer Brian Sicknick died, having suffered two strokes, a report just published found. And two other officers died by suicide in the days following the January 6 insurrection.
On social media many, including some constituents, are angered.
The Capitol police had 720,000 overtime hours in 2020 with 233 job openings and this jerk is playing games with them ?
— mishanti2 (@mishanti2) April 20, 2021
As a constituent of his, I’m not sure if he could plot his way out of a wet paper bag.
— Dave Feit (@FeitCanWrite) April 20, 2021
Fellow Nebraskans, we could have sent @katejbolz to Congress to represent us with fairness and dignity. Because @JeffFortenberry has an R behind his name is not enough anymore. As a state, we are bleeding young families who want better leaders. Prank calling police is not ok.
— Jane Fleming Kleeb (@janekleeb) April 20, 2021
something tells me that if you or I did that, there’d be charges
— erin (@heyerin123) April 20, 2021
That should be grounds for expulsion.
— Leo Horishny 👴🏻♌️🏜🛰🚲🚣🏼 (@LHorishny) April 20, 2021
— Diane A Burton (@daurelia47) April 21, 2021
@JeffFortenberry once again proves he is an arrogant, selfish, grandstanding & ineffective congressman. While he’s taking valuable time and resources from the CP what things are they not doing? Then there’s the fact there are at least 432 Reps of greater importance than him.
— Dennis Grady (@Franz_Kafka1) April 20, 2021
Fortenberry is abusing police resources again. In 2018, Fortenberry used the LPD to go after people who had vandalized a yard sign.
— Dennis P. Crawford (@DennisPCrawford) April 20, 2021
He should be sent to the DC Jail to, you know, test the accommodations.
— John Miller (@jjmblog) April 20, 2021
Republicans are generally speaking, selective scofflaws
— Dave Talltree, son of Wymo of Mokuleia (@unsc1325) April 20, 2021
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