At the White House, the vice president’s residence and other federal buildings and monuments, authorities took similar action — setting up checkpoints, closing streets and conducting aerial surveillance. “This is unprecedented,” said Charles H. Ramsey, who helped oversee security for two inaugurations as Washington’s police chief from 1998 to 2006. Spectator stands near the White House have been taken down to discourage crowds, and inaugural balls have been canceled. Such changes have made protecting Biden and other high-profile figures much easier, current and former security officials said. By Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement had begun cordoning off perimeters around the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall and other areas in downtown Washington.
Source: Los Angeles Times January 14, 2021 00:28 UTC