The U.S. Capitol needs a “permanent” wall surrounding it to guard lawmakers, says acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman.
In a message released this Thursday, Pittman claimed the security in D.C. must include a “permanent” barrier of some kind — a similar one to the one that President Biden just stopped construction on at the U.S. southern border.
“As I said previously, even before September 11, 2001, security advisors have stressed that more is needed to protect the Capitol,” Pittman claimed in a statement. “In a 2006 assessment, it was specifically suggested that the installation of a permanent barrier around the Capitol happen immediately.”
“After the recent riot, I can undoubtedly say that large improvements to the physical buildings and security infrastructure must be expanded to include fencing, and the positioning of back-up forces near the Capitol building,” Pittman said.
Fencing that has barbed wire on top has surrounded the Capitol for weeks to protect Biden during his inauguration and the following celebrations. While other barriers have been erected around DC to block the public from getting to certain areas.
Last week, Biden stopped the building of security barriers at the southern border. In his executive order, he called the project “a money waster” and “not a serious solution.”