Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesAn eight-foot-tall steel security fence encircles the U.S. Capitol on April 5, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Congressional security officials abandoned plans late Tuesday to reconstruct fencing around the Capitol that had been approved hours earlier in preparation for potential unrest following the verdict of the high-profile trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Capitol Hill Police officials told congressional lawmakers and staffers Tuesday afternoon they were “closely monitoring reports for potential First Amendment activities in response to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case” and had “decided to re-install portions of the outer perimeter fence,” CNN reported.
After Chauvin was convicted of the 2020 murder of George Floyd, a Capitol Police spokesman announced the fencing plans had been nixed.
“USCP is no longer planning to go ahead with reinstalling some of the outer perimeter fencing,” a spokesman said in a