A presidential inauguration already certain to be much more muted than usual because of the pandemic now has an added air of menace.
The rapid and violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol Building Jan. 6 by way of the same West Front terrace where Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is expected to take the oath of office as the nation’s 46th President and Commander in Chief Wednesday has resulted in a doubling-down on security in the nation’s capital.
The event will be patrolled by thousands of armed National Guard troops, Federal agents and police officers, including a 200-strong contingent from the NYPD.
'Capitol Stands for Freedom'
The department received the request, presumably from the Secret Service, to contribute a contingent about two months ago, Commissioner Dermot Shea said. But following the invasion of the Capitol by backers of President Trump, the cops’ deployment is even more significant, he said.
“I think it’s more important than ever to show the solidarity with law enforcement, with the country as a whole, that what that building stands for, what our freedom stands for, it’s something that we should never take for granted,” Mr. Shea said on NY1 Jan. 11. “NYPD will happily send members of the force to Washington to stand not just with law enforcement, [but with] all elected officials and people celebrating the transfer of power in this country, and it should hopefully be a peaceful day that we can look back on one day and hopefully learn from because we never want to see what happened last week happen again.”
Mayor de Blasio, asked Jan, 12 during his media briefing about possible terrorist action, presumably by Trump loyalists, said that there had been “no specific and tangible threats” directed at the city "but we'll be watching constantly. We'll be able to move resources very quickly if we need to. The central problem appears to be at this moment, state capitals. So, I think there's a real concern for Albany, obviously.”
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