Cops Tackle Suspicious Man at U.S. Capitol
Monday, April 11, 2005
WASHINGTON — Capitol Police tackled a man Monday afternoon who had been standing near the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building (search) after he refused to move away from two bags authorities feared may contain explosives.
The unidentified man stood with his back to police officers as they approached him. Apparently not responding to requests to cooperate, the officers ran up to tackle him and then carried him away.
Some spectators applauded as police dragged the man away.
Before the standoff ended, Capitol police spokesman Michael Lauer said the man had not said anything to police.
The man had stood silently between the two bags, an act that led authorities to evacuate part of the Capitol. Bomb squad officers were inspecting the bags.
Among the officials whose offices are on the west side of the Capitol looking out upon the National Mall are House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
After the incident, Reid praised the Capitol Police officers' performance.
"What they did to get ready to take that man down was extraordinary," Reid said. "We have the finest- trained police force of any place in the country."
gotta watch the video... wow