Police will begin scaling back fencing and razor wire surrounding the Capitol this week in sign of return to normalcy after January 6 attack
- Inner perimeter to be pulled closer to the Capitol
- Outer perimeter on track to come down some time next week
- Razor wire also getting cut
- Double rows of bike racks that rioters tossed during Jan. 6th clash
- House Republicans have blasted Nancy Pelosi for fortress atmosphere
Capitol Police are taking steps to scale back perimeter fencing around the Capitol grounds in the next two weeks amid public criticism of the continuing fortifications after the Jan. 6th MAGA riot.
It its place, double-rows of bike racks will provide a buffer protecting police in the event of another mass incursion. The mob of thousands had little trouble pushing back such moveable barriers on Jan. 6th, but since that time Capitol security officials have acknowledged they were not prepared for the mass event that took place.
Police continued to remain on high alert, following public warnings from FBI Director Chris Wray about the threat of domestic terrorism.
Capitol Police will begin removing fencing that forms an outer perimeter within the next two weeks, according to an internal email
Fears of QAnon inspired violence on March 4th, when some conspiracy theorists believed Donald Trump would be inaugurated for the second time, never transpired.
The security plans were outlined in an internal email by the Capitol Police, an agency that has faced public criticism from lawmakers for its lack of public information.
National Guard forces – a point of tension among lawmakers and increasingly between the parties – will remain. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved keeping 2,300 on the Capitol grounds through late May.
Capitol Police will install double rows of bike racks – which were no match for rioters on Jan. 6th
One Republican, gun enthusiast Lauren Boebert (Colo.) has dubbed the fence ‘Fort Pelosi,’ and other Republicans have pressured the Speaker to remove it
That is a decrease from an initial 5,000 deployment.
A Democratic aide told the New York Times Capitol Police would bring an inner perimeter closer to the Capitol building. They also will oversee removal of razor wire. The outer perimeter would come down next week – allowing traffic to reopen on Independence and Constitution Avenues, two important thoroughfares for vehicles that flank the Capitol.
Republicans have called the fence overkill and tried to use it as a political issue, with Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, a gun enthusiast, dubbing it ‘Fort Pelosi,’ in a ding at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who headed a security review for Pelosi, said the fencing ‘will do nothing to prevent another attack. He referenced the domestic terror threat and said the threat ‘lies within our borders,’ CNN reported. Officials have also warned of the risk of lone wolf attacks.
The FBI is still searching for the suspect who planted pipe bombs at two locations near the Capitol the day of the Jan. 6th riot.