- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 10, 2021

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked the Department of Homeland Security to extend the period of security for the inauguration beginning Monday through Jan. 24 in the wake of last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol.

“We believe strongly that the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20 will require a very different approach than previous inauguration given the chaos, injury, and death experienced at the United States Capitol during the insurrection,” Miss Bowser said Sunday in a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.

The mayor also asked that a pre-disaster declaration be made to “enhance and expedite direct federal assistance needed to prepare for the Inauguration.”

She also asked that Homeland Security coordinate efforts with the departments of Defense and Justice, Congress and the Supreme Court “to establish a security and federal force deployment for all federal property.” Miss Bowser said such a plan would allow the Metropolitan Police Department to secure the city’s eight wards.

Hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was certifying the results of the presidential election. One protester was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer, and another officer was bludgeoned to death. Three other demonstrators died of medical issues.

• Carleton Bryant can be reached at cbryant@washingtontimes.com.

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