Why Has the National Guard been Stationed at the Capitol?

Why Has the National Guard been Stationed at the Capitol?

The Capitol riot on January 6 caused chaos. A mob of supporters for Donald Trump had stormed the Capitol to disrupt the joint session of Congress assembled to total electoral votes to formalize Joe Biden as the next president. The thousands of protesters gathered at the Capitol. Many in the crowd breached police perimeters and stormed the building at around 2 p.m.  Once they had, they vandalized, looted, and occupied the Capitol for hours. They assaulted Capitol Police officers and reporters, erected a gallows on the Capitol grounds, and attempted to locate and capture lawmakers. The rioters also targeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, vandalizing and looting her offices, as well as those of other members of Congress. The Capitol police had evacuated the senate and the House of representatives. The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police force and the mayor of Washington, D.C., put out urgent requests for guard reinforcements. When the guard backup arrived, it had been three hours since the start of the riot. In the end, IEDs, or improvised explosive devices, had been discovered in or around the Capitol building. Five people died, and more than 140 were injured. 

But after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the National Guard continues to protect the Capitol. 

They have stated that they will continue to monitor threats to the Capitol. Since then, a wall has been erected around the Capitol, and the amount of time they will stay is unsure. Nearly 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington until the fall of 2021 or even longer. Robert Salesses, assistant secretary for homeland defense and global security, is discussing an extended timeline with the Capitol Police and National Security Council and a request for a 60-day extension by the U.S. Capitol police. But it is said that the national guard will stay until Donald trump’s impeachment. And nearly 26,000 troops for president President Joe Biden’s inauguration. They have been authorized to carry firearms. And the tension is starting to go down. As barriers are being taken down, bridges are being reopened. Now, after Joe Biden’s inauguration, the guard is now precautionary instead of protecting against active threat alerts.