Muriel Bowser, the Democrat mayor of Washington, DC, held a press conference Thursday to declare a state of emergency following protesters’ violent attack on the Capitol Wednesday.
The response will include 6,200 members of the National Guard from across the country deployed being deployed in the city by the weekend, a seven-foot “unscalable fence” around the Capitol grounds, and possible stay-at-home or business shutdown orders.
“We may have to do extraordinary things to maintain public safety,” Bowser said.
It may mean residents are “required to stay at home or close your business to maintain public safety” or face arrest, Bowser said.
“That’s something extraordinary,” she said.
The new chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, Robert J. Contee III, said his officers made 68 arrests following the protest and explained how the state of emergency affects law enforcement.
It may determine the “levels of force” the police can use if faced with new