U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) were ordered to arrest visitors and staff who refuse to wear a mask on the House side of the Capitol complex, according to a police memo issued by new USCP Chief Thomas Manger that was obtained by a member of Congress.
Police have been advised not to arrest members of Congress for failing to wear masks but to report any lawmakers who don’t wear a mask to the House sergeant-at-arms, the memo says. The memo goes onto say that House members have been fined for failing to wear a mask, with the fines starting at $500.
Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., got a copy of the memo distributed at Thursday’s morning roll call from an unnamed police officer, she told Fox News. Police she’s spoken to are “very uncomfortable” with this new directive that Cammack describes as “tyrannical.”
House Republican representative Thomas Massie expressed his frustration and Rep. Nancy Mace dared Nancy Pelosi and police to come at them. “This is INSANE,” Mr Massie tweeted. “Might as well come into my office and arrest my entire staff. We are not wearing masks. I support the Capitol Hill Police, but the Chief of Police made a mistake here. The physician and the chief of police don’t have this authority.”
Ms Mace, meanwhile, posted a video online along with a bat, pile of poo, and clown emojis to taunt the House speaker and Capitol police to have at it, while telling her staff to work from home to avoid arrest. “I had Covid, I’ve had two vaccinations, I’m washing my hands, I’m even wearing my mask inside the chamber, but I’m not going to wear it anywhere else, so Madam Speaker, come and get me,” Ms Mace said.
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