Security will be ramped up ahead of the president’s 2022 annual message to U.S. Congress on March 1.
The United States Capitol Police (USCP) confirmed it might reinstall a fenced perimeter around the U.S. Capitol Complex.
“USCP and the U.S. Secret Service have been closely working together to plan for the upcoming State of the Union,” a representative said in a statement.
“The temporary inner-perimeter fence is part of those ongoing discussions and remains an option. However, at this time no decision has been made,” the representative added.
The federal law enforcement agency is also working with other authorities to prepare for widespread “Freedom Convoy” protests across the District of Columbia.
“Law enforcement agencies across the national capital region are aware of plans for a series of truck convoys arriving in Washington, D.C. around the time of the State of the Union,” a USCP representative said.
One option is to designate a particular area for lawful demonstrations under the First Amendment’s right to “freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
“USCP is closely coordinating with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, U.S. Secret Service and other allied agencies to include the D.C. National Guard,” the representative said.
The Capitol grounds were previously fenced off after civilians entered the complex more than a year ago. As BL previously reported, hundreds of people smashed windows, vandalized public property, and seized offices on Jan. 6, 2021.