A Capitol Police officer died after a person attacked him with a knife.
The United States Capitol Police marriage is urging Congress to ramp up security around the Capitol, days after a a officer was killed outside the construction, they said in a statement on Saturday.
Capitol Police officer William"Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran, died of his injuries after a defendant rammed their car into the north barricade of this Capitol complex Friday day before attacking officers with a knife, police said.
"Evans was well respected within the section and his loss won't be forgotten," Papathanasiou said. "Individuals should also know he had been more than a police officer protecting the Capitol -- he had been a husband and a loving father to two kids.
He said that officials are back at work after Friday's attack, keeping the Capitol safe.
"We've now lost two officers in the line of duty this year. Another officer has taken his own life and we've got 80 officers who were severely hurt from the insurrection. A number of the injured officers might never come back to duty," Papathanasiou said.
He clarified that the union has already met with General Honore, who conducted the review of Capitol security following the Jan. 6 insurrection.
"We support General Honoré recommendations and had the chance to meet him and his team the day before Officer Evans was tragically killed," Papathanasiou said. "As I explained , these developments are crucial, but our first priority needs to be keeping our existing officers. There are immediate measures Congress can take to tackle this."
He also noted that over 500 officers have been set to retire in the next 3-5 years, and several younger officers have approached him about departing for different departments.
"I could not be prouder of these. They continue to work even as we rapidly approach a crisis in morale and induce numbers," he said. "We are struggling to meet present assignment requirements despite the officers working huge amounts of forced overtime"