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There is no doubt that American politics have turned turbulent in recent years, with violence and vitriol becoming a “new norm” of sorts here in 2021.
In response, and appropriately, law enforcement has grown a bit nervy. There are far too many ways in which some potential extremists could make dire trouble for us, and so the men and women behind the badge have to be on their toes at all times.
Today, outside of the Supreme Court, this vigilance was on full display.
Capitol police responded to a suspicious SUV outside the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning and used a flash-bang to force the person out of the vehicle, according to authorities.
Deputy Chief Jason Bell said the suspect “illegally parked” his vehicle outside the building around 9:30 a.m. Police identified him in a tweet as Dale Paul Melvin, 55, of Kimball, Michigan.
Melvin had an ominous tone about him.
Officers immediately responded but the Melvin refused to talk and made a statement to the effect of the “time for talking is done,” Bell said at a news conference.
“At that time we backed off, had our crisis negotiation officers attempt to speak with him. The man was refusing to speak,” Bell said.
Teams “moved in” around 11 a.m., removed the man from the vehicle and placed him under arrest, according to the deputy chief.
Thankfully, but perhaps a bit mysteriously, Melvin’s vehicle contained no weapons of any kind.
The incident remains under investigation as of this writing.
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