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PHOTOS: Crystal Griner & David Bailey, Capitol Police Heroes

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David Bailey and Crystal Griner, the Capitol police heroes. (Twitter/Hood College)

Instead of remembering the shooter’s name, let’s remember the names of the Capitol Police heroes who saved so many lives on June 14 at the congressional baseball practice.

Crystal Griner.

David Bailey.

The two police officers’ quick-thinking instinct to confront — and shoot at — the gunman was credited with preventing a potential bloodbath of many of the nation’s political elite. Senators. Congressmen. Their staffers. All had gathered – along with children – to practice baseball for an eventual game to benefit charity.

“Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,” U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., said to MSNBC.

As we have seen in other tragedies, the officers ran toward the danger while other people ran out. That’s their job, of course. And they did it – very well. As we have seen in so many tragedies, good counters bad.

“Griner and Bailey rushed him, despite their own wounds,” reported CBS News, which added that a third heroic officer, Henry Cabrera, was also at the scene and shot at the gunman from behind a dugout.

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Michigan, told “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley that Griner and Bailey “rushed onto the field as the congressmen and staffers fled.” CBS quoted him as saying, “The problem is that he’s got a rifle and they’ve got handguns, and it’s not a fair fight at that point in time. They knew they weren’t going to probably hit him. They just were trying to give us cover.”

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Hood College provided Heavy with this photo of Crystal Griner in her college years.

James T. Hodgkinson, a disgruntled former home inspector from Illinois, a man bearing many political grudges, toward Donald Trump, toward Republicans in Congress, showed up toting a rifle. He may not have counted on Griner, Bailey and Cabrera – three armed security officers – being present at such a theoretically open and soft target.

He asked whether Republicans or Democrats were playing. When he learned Republicans were playing, he opened fire apparently indiscriminately, shooting multiple people and sending people scrambling for their lives. That’s when Griner, Bailey and Cabrera sprang into action.

(In the below photo, Bailey is supporting the North Carolina Central University basketball team. They went to the NCAA tournament last year. Bailey graduated from NCCU in 2007, the school confirmed.)

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David Bailey. (Instagram/yourfavoritexii)

Griner and Bailey were at the game guarding Rep. Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, who is the House Whip. Because Scalise is a member of House Leadership, he is entitled to round-the-clock protection from Capitol police that all lawmakers do not automatically get.

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Crystal Griner, pictured during a 2003 basketball game playing for Hood College. (Photo courtesy of the Frederick News-Post.)

Both Griner and Bailey, according to numerous eyewitness reports, shot at the gunman before he could do more damage, both being injured as a result. Griner was shot in the ankle, but is recovering in the hospital, where she and her wife, Tiffany, were given a bouquet of white flowers by President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, according to a White House pool report. Scalise, too, is recovering in the hospital but is in critical condition. The gunman was killed by the return fire.

“A woman walking her dog said she heard a female officer scream, ‘Drop your weapon,’ before the gunman ‘shot her and she fell to the ground,'” The Washington Post reported. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told the Post the officers “went out into the fire to draw the fire. The shooter was moving toward the dugout where the members were, and they were able to take him down.”

Five were wounded: Rep. Steve Scalise, Griner, Bailey, Zack Barth, a congressional staffer, and lobbyist Matt Mika, whose wounds, along with those of Scalise, are considered very serious. All five of those wounded:

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Clockwise from top left: Crystal Griner, Zack Barth, David Bailey, Matt Mika, and Rep. Steve Scalise.

Politician after politician, from House Speaker Paul Ryan to Donald Trump, praised the heroics of the two Capitol police officers, without whom there might have been an even greater national tragedy. Both officers are healing and expected to recover fully. Cabrera was not injured. Vice President Mike Pence also visited Griner in the hospital.

Griner had formidable talents to drawn on when the time came: She is a former standout high school and college athlete. She played basketball at Hood College in Maryland. She studied biology before turning to law enforcement, and in school, she was a gifted academic as well as a multi-sport athlete. She was remembered by one former college classmate as a ferocious competitor. She drew on all those talents on June 14.

Bailey has been working as a United States Capitol Police Officer for over nine years. His LinkedIn page says that as a Capitol Officer, he is “responsible for the protection of Members of Congress, Officers of Congress, and their families as expanded by statute to the entire United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia.” As part of his job, Bailey also prevents, detects, and investigates criminal acts and enforces traffic regulations. His page reveals that he was an administrator at the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Falls Church, Virginia, from 2005 to 2008. Bailey, as with Griner, is 32.

Read more about Bailey here:

David Bailey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

David Bailey was one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the Alexandria shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday.

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Read more about Griner here:

Crystal Griner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Crystal Griner was named as one of the heroic Capitol police officers who stopped gunman James Hodgkinson at a Congressional baseball game.

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33 comments

  1. Aren’t they Capitol Police? Why would you identify them as Security Guards? No offense to security guards but come on!!! You just don’t want to give these two officers 100% prop right? I can probably guess why!

  2. The officers are heros without doubt but without their guns they would not have been. Those who seek to inflict mass murder must be opposed by a call to arms not a call to disarm.

      • Armed civilians are required to train with their weapon. I don’t think there would have been a big difference.

        • If arriving officers see everyone with a gun, they would have a hard time trying to figure whose the shooter, every minute counts in a situation like this, they are putting their life in danger trying figure whose the bad guy.

          • Anonymous, It’s no problem figuring out who the shooter is if everyone is armed because they are shooting at him. Arriving officers will know who the targets are.

    • Because they saved many lives… that’s what makes it heroic. They deserve to be recognized for a job well done. There are many people who are not good at their jobs and who take it just for a paycheck. These two showed bravery, fought hard and won DESPITE suffering gun shout wounds. Can we not just give credit where credit is due?!

    • You are a joke! They saved people who were complete strangers to them. Regularless of job description, you risk you own life to help someone else you’re a hero!

    • You don’t want them to be recognized as super heroes. If they were white, would you have made that statement? Just curious Anonmous

    • Why do people worship stupid athletes and hold high up there as a hero. They get paid millions and aren’t real heros.

    • By running into the line of fire, placing your life and welfare in jeopardy in an effort to save others.

      That’s the dumbest question I’ve ever seen.

    • Patty Gordon Scott !
      Your hatred towards your fellow mankind is clearly evident !
      You claim there are so many negative comments ; and your comments are filled with racism, hate and disgust !
      Because !
      I guess you feel the world owes you something ?
      You are one of the worst kinds of hypocrites !!
      You probably go to church and and talk about the preacher behind his back .
      And then you take your evils ranting and try to twist it into something good.
      You are a joke …

  3. Thank goodness the officers were given the value, respect, and dignity that comes with the guns they were issued. Had they been disallowed guns their options would not allow for brave, heroic and lifesaving results. Color didn’t matter here, just human beings with police badges using guns to bring balance to the struggle between good and evil, and saving the lives of fellow human beings.

  4. Henry Cabrera not considered a hero, maybe because he didn’t get shot? There giving ALL the credit to the other two capitol police that got shot, or maybe because the two Capitol Police that were shot are Afro American and the the one that didn’t get shot is Latino. Things that make you go hmmm???

  5. I’m afraid to hear what Mr. Trump will say about a lesbian saving the politicians and their families. Holding my breath.

    • He knew she was was and he didn’t say anything about that. You are the first one to bring that up – might only be your issue.

  6. She is black but good for her. She EVOLVED more than her ancestors and did a good deed. Give that woman a basketball! Lol

  7. the ONLY reason they are being treated as heroes is because they are black…had these officers been white there would be zero reports.

  8. The actions of Bailey and Griner more than make up for the smear the Capitol Police were subjected to in Spacey’s “House of Cards.”

  9. Taylor Swift is a racist white supremacist she sucked the KOKKK of Morsay, Benoit Hamon and ANDREW ANGLIN and she voted for Donald Trump TWICE. Taylor Swift the egh RACIST also listens to the necro music SEWER 2154 from the fascist site the DAILYSTORMER!!! Google “Taylor Swift SEWER 2154” and SEE FOR YOURSELF! The albums talk about spitting in the pussy of 12 year old GIRLS!!! BOYCOTT TAYLOR SWIFT to fight RACISM and PEDOPHILIA!