(Washington) Security measures and U.S. Authorities on Sunday called for a balance between the need to make the capital available to the public, after another attack was targeted this week.
A Capitol police officer was killed and another was injured when a man threw his car at them before crashing into a security fence. The driver came out of the vehicle with a knife in his hand before firing.
The attack comes three months after pro-Trump protesters stormed Congress headquarters in Washington on Jan. 6, including right-wing activists.
Discussion about the defense of the site was reopened, especially about the barrier built after the January 6 attack, around the buildings that housed the complex. Part of it has recently been removed and the security perimeter around the main building and its famous dome has been tightened.
Missouri-based Republican Senator Roy Blunt has warned against the idea of barricading the campus.
“I think it would be a mistake if there were permanent barriers around the capital,” he told ABC, adding that they were there when the “assailant’s car” attacked them. Police officials said Friday.
Russell Honor, a retired lieutenant general who conducted an audit of the security system after the January 6 attack, said elected officials on both sides made security a priority – wanting the building to be “100% accessible”.
“This is something that all the members of Congress we talked about during the six weeks we were there put forward: they want public access,” he told ABC.
It is possible to achieve such a balance with “improvements and barriers to resources, cameras and sensors for Capital Police”. He suggested sending 200 National Guard soldiers to the scene permanently for a period of two years, as happened after 9/11.
Recommendations are given. “We gave them a plan. We worked a lot on it. Now it’s up to Congress to work on it.”