Capitol Fencing to Return Ahead of Saturday Rally

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Top security officials say the U.S. Capitol will be “well-prepared” for a planned rally taking place on Saturday to protest criminal cases against those who participated in the insurrection. In response, the Capitol Police announced plans to reinstall the perimeter fencing that was up for months following January, reports NPR. Monday night’s announcement to erect the fence came after a Capitol security plan briefing for the top party leaders. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters.  “They seem very, very well-prepared, much better prepared than before Jan. 6. And I think they are ready for whatever might happen.” While Congress is not slated to be in session on Saturday, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department also offered support, saying it’s ready to defend the Capitol with street closures for public safety. 

Also on Monday, around midnight, Capitol Police arrested a man after he was found with multiple knives, a bayonet, and machete in his truck parked outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters near Capitol Hill, The Washington Post reports. The car and the man, Donald Craighead, 44, were identified because of a swastika and other white supremacist symbols painted on it. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said prosecutors have not decided whether to take the case in federal or local Superior Court.

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