January 6, Trump supporters caused a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol, NBC reported on the 29th.
A few days later, the acting director of the U.S. Capitol Police Department called for permanent fences around the Capitol.
“I can say without a blur that there must be massive improvements to physical security infrastructure, including permanent fencing, and ready-readiness near the Capitol,” said Yogananda Pittman, acting director of the Capitol Police Department. Reserve troops of
NBC pointed out that this move will be an amazing change.
Many Americans have enjoyed visiting the periphery of the U.S. Capitol for many years, such as sitting on the lawn in front of the building, entering the paths and green spaces around the building, and visiting the steps of the Capitol on the ground for primary school students.
Pittman became acting director after former Congressional Police Commissioner Steven Sund resigned after being criticized for the police response to the riots.
Pittman said that security experts had long believed that more work needed to protect the building, even before the events of September 11, 2001. “In fact, a 2006 safety review specifically recommended permanent fences around the Capitol,” she said in the statement.
Pittman said that her agency had conducted a comprehensive personal safety assessment of the whole incident and welcomed the Inspector General’s further assessment of security measures.
“In the end, we all have the same goal, which is to prevent what happened on January 6 from happening again,” she said. I look forward to working with Congress to identify necessary security improvements to ensure the safety of Congress and the U.S. Capitol.”
However, Democratic mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., said in a series of tweets on Thursday that although additional security measures are necessary in view of the current threat, she opposes the permanent fence around the Capitol.
“When the time is right, the fence surrounding the White House and the U.S. Capitol will be removed,” she said.