During the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., husband, U.S. Capitol Police had a camera feed showing the outside of their home in San Francisco, but no one was monitoring it at the time, two sources familiar with the situation said. At the Capitol complex and around the country, this camera is just one of about 1,800 that the Capitol Police have the ability to monitor. But no one was actively watching the camera feed when the break-in occurred, the Washington Post first reported.
However, when Pelosi is at her home, the house is being monitored full time. One of the sources said that “she is the mission.” But the agency’s ability to monitor all of its feeds could be limited as the Capitol Police have around 2,300 employees, including those at the homes of protectees when they aren’t there. At the time her husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked, the House Speaker was in Washington.
The 42-year-old David DePape, who is the suspect in the attack, was charged by California prosecutors, with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, residential burglary, false imprisonment, and threatening a public official.
In state court, DePape heard the charges and pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors filed a detention memo, after he entered his plea, revealing comments DePape allegedly made to authorities and medics on the day of the attack. DePape told police officers at the scene that he was on “a suicide mission” and had additional targets, according to court documents, according to NBC News.
“I’m sick of the insane f***ing level of lies coming out of Washington, D.C. I came here to have a little chat with his wife,” DePape said he told Paul Pelosi, according to the filing. “I didn’t really want to hurt him, but you know this was a suicide mission. I’m not going to stand here and do nothing even if it cost me my life,” the document says he added.
DePape named several “prominent” state and federal politicians, their relatives, and a local professor when asked whether he had other plans besides the attack at Pelosi’s house, according to the court filing. If he is convicted, DePape could face 13 years to life in prison, according to NBC News.
A report that came out later said the CA District Attorney has no interest in releasing the body cam footage to the public anytime soon, despite a massive public demand to see it. Washington Examiner stated: “Members of the Pelosi family were given the opportunity to listen to the 911 call and view body camera footage from the Oct. 28 attack on Paul Pelosi, according to the San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, who also signaled that the materials won’t be shared with the public any time soon. The meeting with the Pelosi family regarding the evidence was scheduled for Wednesday, Jenkins said, emphasizing that the attack on Pelosi had been “politically motivated.”