US Captiol: Greater than two months after the riot, fences are falling round inconical buildings
CNN watched the National Guards begin the parade that weekend, and by Sunday much of the black fences that had turned the complex into a fortress for nearly three months had been dismantled to make way for the typical parade of joggers, cyclists and to make other visitors take advantage of the green space again.
The move will be a welcome change for a public who is used to having generous access to the site. That changed quickly after the U.S. Capitol Police temporarily lost control of the building to a pro-Trump mob in a siege on Jan. 6 that left five dead.
In the weeks that followed, officials erected the fence – some of which were littered with barbed wire – and apart from the dozen of guardsmen and other security guards stationed around the edge, only lawmakers and staff were allowed to enter the grounds, accompanying guests and media representatives.
In addition to the reopened site, some roads near the complex were also reopened to vehicle traffic this weekend.
CNN reported Friday that officials expected the fence to fall over the weekend. Acting Corporal Timothy Blodgett issued a memo to lawmakers and congressional officials that the USCP, in collaboration with the Capitol Architect, “will remove the perimeter fencing around the Capitol complex earlier than originally anticipated.”
The memo said the decision was made because “there is no known, credible threat to Congress or the Capitol Complex to warrant the temporary security fence.”
According to an email from the internal department, the Capitol Police still believe they are operating in an increased threat environment due to the political climate and increasing domestic violent extremism, but also claim that there is no credible threat to Congress or the Capitol is known. Police said in the email that plans may change if officials learn of new threats.
Some lawmakers had urged the USCP to reverse some of the post-insurrection security measures taken, and leaders of Congress are currently discussing a new $ 2 billion funding package that will strengthen security around the Capitol and those created by the attack to eliminate vulnerabilities uncovered by January 6th. according to sources familiar with the conversations.
Among the many details to consider is a permanent fence around the Capitol, hundreds of new security guards – either the National Guard or a military police presence – and new agencies for the District of Columbia National Guard dispatched in emergency situations, according to one source.