(PoliticalLookout.com)- In anticipation of possible demonstrations and other trouble on Election Night, federal authorities plan to erect a “non-scalable” fence around the whole perimeter of the White House.
Both NBC News and CNN reported that officials will install a fence that is similar to the one that was erected back in June while riots were ongoing throughout Washington, D.C., in response to the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody in Minneapolis.
Geoff Bennett, a White House correspondent for NBC News, tweeted:
“The White House on lockdown: A federal law enforcement source tells NBC that beginning tomorrow, crews will build a ‘non-scalable’ fence to secure the WH complex, Ellipse and Lafayette Square. 250 National Guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to Metro Police officials.”
These national guardsmen will be responsible for policing the area should protests begin in the area. They will be on guard in case peaceful demonstrations turn into unruly and/or dangerous behavior, as happened during the riots over the summer.
Since January, officials from the Office of Personnel Management, the White House National Security Council, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, various intelligence agencies as well as the military have met more than 60 times to discuss and prepare for what might happen after Tuesday night’s presidential election.
The executive director of the Washington, D.C., Police Foundation, Patrick Burke, told CNN:
“If there’s no winner, you will see significant deployments of officers at all levels across the capital. Officers will get cancellations of days off, extensions of shifts and full deployments of officers across the city.”
Last month, Peter Newsham, the Washington, D.C., Metro Police chief, warned City Council that the area around the White House would most likely experience civil unrest on Election Day, no matter what the results are. In preparation of this, a number of businesses that are located near the White House have already boarded up their windows to protect their business.
Washington, D.C., and the area near the White House isn’t the only place that’s expected to experience some sort of civil unrest around Election Day. A YouGov poll from September found that most voters expect some sort of violence to occur following the presidential election on Tuesday. A majority of voters from both the Republican and Democratic parties believe this will be the case.
Another study that was released in mid-October also said five states were at particular risk to increased militia activity both in the lead-up and aftermath of Tuesday’s election. Those states are Oregon, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
That study was released by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project and MilitiaWatch. The group also found that five other states were at a moderate risk to see increased militia activity during that time period. Those states are Texas, California, North Carolina, New Mexico and Virginia.
It’s customary for police officials in Washington, D.C., prepare for potential unrest following a presidential election. But the fact that this could be happening in many other parts of the country is potentially unique to the 2020 election.