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We hope the following can help us make a change: Acting Chief of Police, United States Capitol Police Yogananda D. Pittman

Don't Build a Permanent Security Fence Around the U​.​S. Capitol

In light of the spectacular security failures of the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, the United States Capitol Police has requested installation of a permanent security fence around the US Capitol building. 

On January 28, the Acting Chief of the US Capitol Police issued a statement requesting: "Vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing". This is simply unacceptable. 

Security failures of January 6 would not have been prevented with permanent fencing. In fact, walls and fences proved ineffective deterrents to the people who stormed the Capitol that day. 

Further, permanent fencing punishes not the rioters who engaged in the attack, nor the law enforcement entities who failed to adequately protect the Congress, nor do they change the systemic governance issues preventing DC from protecting itself.

No, a permanent fence punishes we, the people, from seeing and accessing the People's House. Visitors and residents of DC would be punished by a permanent fence, a permanent scar on our beautiful city, and would lose access to this beautiful beacon of democracy. 


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