Chief Pittman, who took over the department on January 8, following the resignation of her predecessor, had instructed its staff to assess the security of the Capitol Complex upon assumption of the post. She found that experts had advocated greater security measures for the Capitol before the 9/11 attacks. In addition, a safety assessment in 2006 recommended a permanent fence.
“Given the recent events, I can make it very clear that the physical security infrastructure needs to be significantly improved to allow permanent fences and the availability of emergency services in close proximity to the Capitol,” she said in a statement.
The District of Columbia is under the jurisdiction of a constellation of law enforcement agencies: the Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol Police, and the US Secret Service. Poor planning and communication between various law enforcement agencies – federal, state, and local authorities – contributed to the errors exhibited.
As a result, the bug checks were just as incoherent. Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi commanded Lieutenant General Russell Honoré in retirement conduct a security review in the Capitol Complex. The inspector general of the Capitol Police also has an additional review, Chief Pittman said, and the acting chief of the Metropolitan Police has offered to Congress an assessment of the Capitol uprising from his department and the Government of the District of Columbia.
Even if the fence stays on the Capitol grounds, new threats have emerged. On Thursday, officials stopped a man who was trying to gain access to a security checkpoint near the Capitol Capitol Police.
Officials told the man, who was later identified by the Metropolitan Police Department as Donald Barr, 51, of Macomb Township, Michigan, that he could not enter but tried to bypass them. Then “he actively opposed the arrest,” the Capitol Police said in a statement. He was charged with, among other things, criminal property destruction and two attacks on a police officer.