DC Bracing for Possibility of Unrest Around Election as Businesses Board Up – NBC4 Washington

2November 2020

All D.C. police officers will be on duty in the coming days as Washington braces for the possibility of civil discontent around the governmental election Tuesday.

Officers will be on the streets, the director of the city's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Chris Rodriguez told reporters on Monday.

Companies downtown continue to board up their windows, and federal authorities have actually increased security at the White House.

Teams were dealing with installing a “non-scalable” fence outside the White House Monday night.

The D.C. National Guard got a demand from the U.S. Park Police to be on standby today. That request was later on either withdrawn or rejected and the D.C. National Guard was told to stand down in the meantime, spokesman Sr. Master Sgt. Craig Clapper said.

“That could alter at any time,” he said. “Last week we were mentally preparing but over the weekend we were told to stand down.”

Services have actually boarded up just in case anticipated demonstrations turn violent. Adam Tuss reports.

The D.C. federal government did not demand National Guard resources, Rodriguez said.

Mayor Muriel Bowser stated police are prepared. She said she invites peaceful demonstrations and warned versus them turning violent.

At least 6 groups have requested permits for protests in the District over the next few days, D.C. authorities said. Big groups are expected to collect in Black Lives Matter Plaza outside the White House.

The mayor stated she is ruling out a curfew for D.C. however would do so if essential.

Source: nbcwashington.com

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