Kim Dine

Capitol Police Officer Unfairly Disciplined, Panel Reaffirms
Officer blames incident on poor relationship with former police chief

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand at their post in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

BY JEREMY SILK SMITH

The Board of Directors of the Congressional Office of Compliance has affirmed a previous ruling that the police department engaged in "unfair labor practices" when it disciplined an officer for refusing to work a last-minute double shift.

Whistleblower in Capitol Gun Case Sues
Officer alleges harsh punishment for role in exposing a gun left in a bathroom

In 2015, Roll Call reported on three instances of police officers leaving hand guns in bathrooms around the Capitol.

A Capitol Police officer is suing the department claiming “unlawful retaliation” after she admitted to sharing a photo with Roll Call of a police handgun left in the Capitol Visitor Center’s bathroom.  

Jodi Breiterman, a 14-year veteran, was formally demoted from sergeant to private first class in early May, shortly after she returned to duty from a 10-month suspension, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court last week.  

Watch: Capitol Police Chief Testifies Before House Committee

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine testified Wednesday before the House Administration Committee on security at the U.S. Capitol. Dine’s appearance followed a CQ Roll Call report earlier this month that Capitol Police have, on multiple occasions, left loaded firearms unattended around the Capitol campus.  

You can watch the whole hearing below.