Six months ago, hundreds of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress attempted to certify the results of the most recent presidential election. In the midst of all the chaos, several people died, dozens were injured and millions watched in awe. Days after the incident took place, additional security measures were put into place to protect federal lawmakers. Among the many changes that were made, a fence was put up around the U.S. Capitol.
Months after the Capitol Hill riots took place, the fence surrounding the Capitol will be taken down. Members of the Capitol Police will tear down the fence on July 9. The process will take anywhere between two or three days depending on the weather.
“Based on the current threat environment, recent enhancements to USCP response capabilities, and enhanced coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement, the Capitol Police Board is supporting USCP’s recommendation to remove the temporary fencing around Capitol Square,” U.S. Capitol Police wrote in an email to lawmakers.
While the fence is coming down, U.S. Capitol Police will be ready to put it back off if a threat arrives.
“Please note that the Architect of the Capitol has the ability to and will reinstall the temporary fencing should condition warrant,” USCP added.
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"the Board supports USCP’s recommendation to remove the temporary fencing around Capitol Square.”
fence will come down FRIDAY and will take 3 days pic.twitter.com/dmRCAVW041
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 7, 2021