U.S. Capitol Police officials are reportedly suggesting that the razor-topped fences encircling the Capitol should remain in place at least until the fall.
The request comes amid lingering threats against lawmakers since the Jan. 6 riot that left several dead and multiple people wounded, according to a source who spoke to The Associated Press.
The source, who reportedly spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to speak on the record, referenced alleged online talk among extremist groups as a reason for the maintenance of the imposing barricades. Police officials are worried about a repeat of the unrest that roiled Washington, D.C., last month.
Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman recently called for the fencing around the Capitol to remain permanently. “In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that the vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing, and the availability of ready, back-up forces