Officials in Washington appealed Sunday for balance between securing the US Capitol and public accessibility after the second deadly attack this year targeted the seat of American democracy.
A policeman was killed, and another injured Friday after a man rammed through security and crashed into an obstruction at the complex, forcing it into lockdown under a quarter of a year after a horde insurgence at Congress.
Capitol Police shot the driver dead as he jumped out of the car and lunged with a knife.
The occurrence has sparked banter about whether fencing around the 59-section of land (24-hectare) campus, a lot of which was dismantled two months after the January 6 attack, should have been kept set up.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, the top of the Republicans’ Senate strategy group, cautioned against ring-fencing the complex of around 20 buildings from the public.
“I think it would be a mistake for fencing to be a permanent part of the Capitol,” he told ABC’s “This Week,” noting that barriers had been “right there when the car drove through.”
Resigned Lieutenant General Russel Honore, who led a security review after the January 6 attack, said lawmakers on the two sides of the passageway had affirmed that wellbeing was their top priority – while making sure the structure is “100%” accessible.
“This is something that is valued by every member of Congress we spoke to in the six weeks we were there, and that they want public access,” he told ABC.
“That comes… with a balance, with reengineering, with resources needed to the Capitol Police, with upgrading our cameras and sensors and the barriers around the Capitol.”
Obtuse has co-supported a bill close by Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen to prevent permanent fencing funding around the Capitol.
“The Architect of the Capitol, along with the Capitol Police Board, we’ve given them recommendations,” Honore added.
“The Corps of Engineers is standing by to reinforce the outer grounds of the Capitol with contractors coming in to put advanced fencing that can come out of the ground as required, that can provide more sensors as well as an integration of the cameras.”
He additionally called for funding for more police officers at the Capitol and suggested more than 200 National Guard troops could be deployed up to two years, as they were after the September 11, 2001 attacks.