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Police: Don’t Panic About the Low-Flying Helicopters Around the Capitol This Morning

They're part of a training exercise, the Capitol Police say.

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A “routine training exercise” will take place on the Capitol grounds Monday morning. There could be “emergency vehicles and low flying helicopters,” the US Capitol Police say. They ask you to “not be alarmed.”

It’s only been a year since the DC Guard flew helicopters less than a hundred feet over the heads of protesters in DC, and five months since Trump supporters actually broke into the Capitol, so the instructions to restrain one’s alarm seem a bit optimistic. But noted.


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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.