Federal authorities were expected to be moving forward on Monday with plans for a barrier around the White House as tensions remained high in advance of Tuesday’s presidential election. The “non-scalable” fence plan, first reported by NBC News, includes the entire perimeter and is part of the strategy for law enforcement and other agencies in preparation for possible protests, a source confirmed to CNN.
Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, is a popular place for protests and already has had fencing since July’s racial protests and rioting. The security measures come as many Americans expect a rise in violence following Election Day.
A study, released by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, and MilitiaWatch, last month said Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Oregon may see increased militia activity, and that North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, California and New Mexico were at moderate risk to see increased active militias during the same time period.
Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other large cities across the U.S. expect Antifa to be involved in rioting and violent activities like they have been throughout the summer and fall.
A Secret Service spokeswoman declined to comment to CNN, saying the agency does not comment on security measures. The extra layer of security is a prime indication that authorities expect unrest, particularly if there is no clear winner come Wednesday.
According to a CNN report, some businesses in downtown D.C. near the White House the past couple of days have boarded their windows and doors. Patrick Burke, executive director of the Washington D.C. Police Foundation, told CNN earlier this year that D.C. Metro police have been preparing its officers to handle everything from civil disturbance to crowd control to transit disruptions.
“If there’s no winner, you will see significant deployments of officers at all levels across the capital,” said Burke. “Officers will get cancellations of days off, extensions of shifts and full deployments of officers across the city.”
Buckle up, America.