Police Try To Calm Crowds on 3rd Street
(3rd and C NW) -- As crowds gather near C Street NW, authorities try to get a handle on the mass of people.
Police are taking about 60 people at a time from the line on left and right to go through security. People are worried about getting to the Capitol in time for ceremonies. "It starts at 12," one frustrated guy yelled.
Another police officer with a bull horn again urged the anxious crowd to remain calm. "If you remain calm you will get through fastly," the officer said.
A police officer with a bull horn walks up and down in front of crowds telling people if anyone pushes, they will shut the gates and not let anyone else on Capitol grounds. "Do not push" some people chant.
A huge roar goes up and the crowd begins chanting Obama! Obama! Rumor works through the mass that Obama is here! Alas, the crowd comes to their senses and reverts back to complaining about the cold.
As marines and police prepare to let thousands through the gates to the Capitol, a chant began "Do not push" as many fear being crushed. "Oh God, this could be trouble," said Shirley Lance, 42, of Detroit.
-- Lori Aratani and Keith L. Alexander
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