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Capitol Police Chief: Capitol Building Needs ‘Permanent’ Wall

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Capitol Police Chief: Capitol Building Needs ‘Permanent’ Wall


Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said the U.S. Capitol needs a permanent wall to protect Congress members in the wake of the riots on Jan. 6. “As I noted earlier this week, even before September 11, 2001, security experts argued that more needed to be done to protect the U.S. Capitol,” Pittman said in a statement. “In fact, a 2006 security assessment specifically recommended the installation of a permanent perimeter fence around the Capitol.” “In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing, and the availability of ready, back-up forces in close proximity to the Capitol,” Pittman continued. Since around Jan. 6, fencing with barbed wire has been present around the Capitol for several weeks. It was left there due to Inauguration Day. Thousands of National Guard troops were also deployed, and, according to officials this …

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