House Democrats are expressing concerns about their personal safety following protests over health care legislation.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that officials from the FBI and Capitol Police briefed Democrats on how to handle perceived security threats.
Hoyer said at least 10 lawmakers who feel that they are at risk of harm are getting attention from the proper authorities.
Hoyer said some posters depict a lawmaker’s face in the crosshairs of a target.
Protests swirled around the Capitol during debate on the health care bill last weekend. Protesters hurled racial slurs at several black lawmakers and one protester spat at one black lawmaker.
A Tea Party activist posted the address of what he thought was Democratic congressman, Tom Perriello’s house that actually turned out to be his brother’s house. Shortly after, there was a gas rupture at Perriello’s house, which authorities are currently investigating.
A militia leader named Mike Vanderboegh called for a followers to “break their windows…Break them NOW. And if we do a proper job, if we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.” This lead to democratic offices being vandalized in three states.
Rep. Louise Slaughter received assassination threats towards her and her family and had a brick thrown through her window with a note attached saying “Exremism [sic] in defense of liberty is no vice,” a quote from conservative Republican, Barry Goldwater.