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Fencing around U.S. Capitol removed six months after deadly Jan. 6 attack

PoliticsJul 11, 2021 10:26AM ET
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4/4 © Reuters. Workers remove security fencing as a reduction in heightened security measures taken after the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts 2/4

By Linda So

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than six months after the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, the remaining high-security fence surrounding the white-domed building has been removed, police said on Sunday.

Workers began removing the last of the eight-foot-high (2.4-m) black mesh fencing on Friday, which at one point surrounded several blocks of Capitol Hill and interfered with pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

The decision to take down the remaining fencing was based on the current threat environment and recent enhancements to the Capitol Police's response capabilities, according to a statement released by the agency.

"We are prepared to quickly enhance our security posture should the need arise," said Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman in the statement.

More than 535 people have been charged in taking part in the Jan. 6 violence, when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s election win.

Five people died on the day of the violence and the day after, including a Capitol Police officer. Two police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later took their own lives. More than a hundred police officers were injured.

Fencing around U.S. Capitol removed six months after deadly Jan. 6 attack
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jul 16, 2021 1:55AM ET
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It only caused the death of an innocent woman, at the hands of the capitol police.
Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Jul 13, 2021 8:39PM ET
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The deadly attack was on an innocent veteran woman. The capital police only report to congress...no court hearing. If it was someone else their would be riots!
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 13, 2021 8:39PM ET
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There's nothing "innocent" about storming the Capitol Building and entering through smashed-in windows, while the mob you are with is chanting "h@ng Mike Pence!" with the intention of stopping the counting of Electoral College votes.
William Smith
William Smith Jul 12, 2021 6:34AM ET
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Reuters performing their Goebbels rewrite of facts. The fence was put up to stop protests from a stolen election. You see it often in banana republics.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 12, 2021 4:08AM ET
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Blue lives matters crowd got quiet real quick about the police who perished defending the U.S. capital from these ignorant fascists.
one two
one two Jul 12, 2021 4:08AM ET
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indeed imagine standing up for the police that will force you to get vaccinated, that will confiscate your guns and k.ll you for standing up for your rights.
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 12, 2021 4:08AM ET
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No police perished defending the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 12, 2021 4:08AM ET
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Name them, Mr. Marxist propaganist.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Jul 12, 2021 4:08AM ET
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Hahahaha. Shillboy Benjamin woke up triggered.
Martin Lewis
Martin Lewis Jul 11, 2021 7:19PM ET
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By "deadly" are you referring to Ashley Babbitt, the unarmed veteran who was shot by authorities in the Capitol after being let in by Capitol Police...the incident just happening to be recorded by a leftist agitator? Nothing says "most popular president of all time" like having to keep fences around the Capitol for 6 months. Meanwhile, leftists cities across the country are still burning. Leftists have attacked many state/federal buildings - many dozens - over the past year, but are called "peaceful protests". Last weekend alone in Chicago, over 60 homicides were committed. Crime rates are up hundreds of percent in blue cities across the country under Biden compared to just a year ago. People see the lies/deception, and this is why approval of the MSM is under 30% now. It is also why Biden is even having to adopt Trump talking points to raise his approval, like claiming republicans were the ones against defunding police.
Martin Lewis
Martin Lewis Jul 11, 2021 7:19PM ET
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*claiming republicans were the ones in favor of defunding police
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 11, 2021 7:19PM ET
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Investing Man you are obviously a Marxist, Globalist, supporter of the New World Order of Neofeudalist Totalitarianism.
Arlene Ingram
Arlene Ingram Jul 11, 2021 6:08PM ET
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As usual, lefty interpretation of undercover antifa and blm led intrusion.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jul 11, 2021 5:53PM ET
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Only “deadly” because one of the Capital cops shot one of the peaceful protesters. This is more fascist Marxist wokist dem bs….
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 11, 2021 5:53PM ET
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This was peaceful according to you? Do you try to gaslight everyone around you?
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jul 11, 2021 5:53PM ET
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Benjamin McIntire  Certainly just as peaceful as the blm antifa riots.. nice projection there..
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 11, 2021 4:42PM ET
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The reason news, gov make a big deal because they dont want this to happen again. Just like the police, they need to prevent it from happening.
one two
one two Jul 11, 2021 4:42PM ET
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Nah this is their "Reichstag fire" or 911 v2 to reduce civil liberties even further
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 11, 2021 4:42PM ET
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one two your tinfoil is on a bit too tight its cutting off circulation
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 11, 2021 4:42PM ET
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Benjamin McIntire you are obviously a Marxist, Globalist, supporter of the New World Order of Neofeudalist Totalitarianism.
KEITH HALSTEAD
KEITH HALSTEAD Jul 11, 2021 4:09PM ET
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More propaganda
one two
one two Jul 11, 2021 3:54PM ET
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Fact check: ONE personne died at the hands of the fascist police
Steve Austin
Steve Austin Jul 11, 2021 3:54PM ET
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Fact check she was trying to break into House floor AND ignored people shouting gun.
 
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