D.C. Chief Gives Advice on Crowds
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier urged people today to regularly check Web sites for the latest news about inaugural events, saying that information could be changing right up until the activities take place. Lanier said officials are doing their best to keep people up to date, but that plans must remain fluid to ensure public safety.
Asked to predict how many people officials expect for Tuesday's swearing-in and parade, Lanier said during an interview on WTOP that she has no crystal ball, but that it would easily be "one to two million."
And she had this warning for people who think that, because they have a ticket to the parade, they can show up later than anyone else. Once authorities determine that the crowd has reached capacity along the Pennsylvania Avenue route, no one will be admitted, regardless of whether they have a ticket. She gave no prediction for when that might happen but urged people to keep checking the Web sites.
By Bill Miller
David A Nakamura
January 15, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
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