“Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) made two false calls for emergency help from U.S. Capitol Police last week ― just to see how long it would take for officers to arrive,” Huff Post reports.
“Fortenberry told Capitol Police he wanted to test the duress button in his office, which signals an emergency situation. It was an unusual request, but one that Capitol Police agreed to.”
“However, 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.”Save to Favorites