Sep 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Police to reinstall fence around U.S. Capitol ahead of pro-Capitol riot rally

Picture of the Capitol building taken in between fences
Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Monday that the protective fence that was put in place around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 riot will be reinstalled ahead of a rally scheduled for Sept. 18.

Driving the news: Law enforcement has been "closely monitoring" the rally, which is planned in support of individuals arrested for storming the Capitol in January.

  • While police are tracking several far-right groups that attended the Jan. 6 riots, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has said he does not expect group members to attend, AP reports.

Details: The streets around the Capitol and the Supreme Court will be fenced, but not the nearby congressional buildings.

What they're saying: "The fence will go up a day or two before, and if everything goes well, it will come down very soon after," Manger said.

  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after a briefing that "they seemed very, very well-prepared. Much better prepared than before Jan. 6. I think they're ready for whatever might happen."

What to watch: Manger said the USCP will do a press briefing "a day or two" before the rally with more operational details.

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