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Audio: D.C. Police Chief Lanier Reviews Inaugural Security

Police Chief Lanier spoke with washingtonpost.com briefly this afternoon about how security went for Inauguration Day, addressing complaints by those who were stuck outside the blue and purple gates at the Capitol, praising efforts by the law enforcement officers from around the country who worked the event, and answering other questions.

"I'm in awe this morning," she said. "I had a conference call this morning, and I said, was there any fatalities yesterday, did we lose anybody yesterday? Because we had experts of course around the country who were predicting, if you have 1 to 2 million people and the temperature is 30 degrees or less, you stand to have 50 people who could die just by the nature of that size crowd, a statistical number. So we were all hearing that we would have elderly people who would for one reason or another not make it through, and crush injuries, and there's nothing. There's no major injuries."

Listen to the full interview.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 21, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  | Category:  Security
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I WAS AT THE EVENT ON THE MALL NEAR THE FEDERAL TRIANGLE NW METRO AND THE WASHINGTON MOUMENT: THE EVENT LACKED INFORMATION ON THE GROUND LEVEL. WE WERE HERD IN AREAS LIKE CATTLE & WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO MOVE IN OTHER AREAS. WE HAD NO INFORMATION WHEN METRO STATIONS OR AREAS WERE CLOSED. WHEN WE DID GET INFORMATION FROM THE POLICE THE INFORMATIOIN WAS CONFLICTING.

WHAT IDIOT DECIDED TO CLOSE OFF ALL EXIT POINTS FROM THE MALL AS ON MILLION PEOPLE DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME?

THE EXIT STATEGRY WAS THE WORST IN THE MALL’S HISTORY.

THANK GOD THE CROWD’S BEHAVIOR WAS OUTSTANDING!!!

Posted by: FutureJumps | January 21, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

It is completely untrue to suggest that there were no security breaches yesterday. There absolutely were as I was in the middle of a huge one at 3rd & Independence (the silver gate). It's actually a good thing that there WAS a breach because without it there could have been hundreds of people getting crushed up against a concrete barrier wall that was holding back hundreds of people just north of the American Indian Museum.

I wish Cheif Lanier would admit that the officers were NOT given adequate information and that the Secret Service erred magnificently in prematurely closing gates access to ticketed areas for tens of thousands of people.

As far as the numbers of people denied access, the Post's own satellite photos that were linked to on the front page for a while proved that it was NOT a few thousand people, but tens and tens of thousands.

Someone must be held accountable. It was a very upsetting and horrible experience, and it didn't need to be so.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | January 21, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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