The fatal shooting of a New York City councilman in City Hall by a man he had escorted past metal detectors, had officials around the country rethinking security at government buildings, USA Today says. But early indications were that many cities would not changed procedures.
Boston reversed a policy that started Wednesday to allow city workers with a valid picture ID to avoid the metal detectors. Since the start of the Iraq war, everyone but the mayor has had to be screened.
San Francisco will not change its security rules. A spokesman said “our buildings are secure.” In Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley does not want to see City Hall “locked down.” In Los Angeles, elected officials, their guests and city workers with ID cards are able to bypass metal detectors at City Hall. Jon Mukri of the city’s General Services Department said: “It’s the age-old debate between access and security. I agree with what Ben Franklin said: When you give up freedom for security, you have neither.”