Attack on Paul Pelosi: The break-in at Pelosi’s home was caught on security camera, sources say

That Breaking into the home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco and her husband, Paul Pelosi, were caught by security cameras outside the home installed by the US Capitol Police (USCP), which send live video feeds to their command center in Washington, DC. However, Capitol Police only learned of the break-in after an officer at the command center saw a police car in the couple’s driveway and alerted supervisors, Capitol Police confirmed.

The U.S. Capitol Police confirmed in a statement Wednesday that they have access to about 1,800 cameras, giving the department the ability to gather valuable forensic evidence at any time and also allowing command center personnel to monitor select video feeds. The cameras monitor the Capitol complex and other places of great interest across the country.

According to one of the sources, the department does not have the resources to assign one person to monitor each camera. Officials have to scan multiple cameras. In this case, the source said, cameras around her home were not being monitored because Nancy Pelosi was not home and was not in California at the time her husband was attacked.

U.S. Capitol Police confirmed that cameras at the Pelosi home the night of the burglary “were not actively monitored, as they are when the speaker is at the residence.”

Helicopter photo of a broken window at Pelosi’s home


The source said the department’s responsibility is limited to making sure the Speaker of the House is safe. At the time of the burglary, she was in Washington, DC with her security detail. There is a significant security detail that follows her wherever she goes.

CBS News learned that no security alarms went off during the burglary, even after the suspect broke the glass of a back door of the home. The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that “staff noticed on-screen police activity and used the feeds to monitor the response and assist investigators.”

The revelation about the surveillance cameras was first reported by the Washington Post.

Earlier Wednesday, Capitol Police pointed to a statement issued Tuesday by USCP Chief Thomas Manger, which emphasized that the department is already engaged in a security review following the incident and will work with Congress to make the necessary changes.

As part of the security review, a source said Capitol Police are considering additional protections for families of congressional leaders in response to the attack on Paul Pelosi. There will be immediate security improvements in the homes of the top leadership.

According to police, Paul Pelosi was attacked by a hammer-wielding assailant during the burglary. The suspect, David Wayne DePape, pleaded not guilty to several counts, including attempted murder, in a California court on Tuesday. Pelosi is recovering in a San Francisco hospital. The Justice Department has also filed federal charges against DePape.

The FBI affidavit filed in the federal case against DePape also states that San Francisco police “found zip ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and in the hallway near the front door of the Pelosi residence.”

San Francisco police said he told them, “If Nancy [Pelosi] if DePape told the ‘truth’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied’ he would ‘break her kneecaps’,” requiring her to be wheeled into Congress, the court documents said.

Kathryn Watson, Caroline Linton, and Faris Tanyos contributed to this report.


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