Man held after climbing bike rack barrier by White House

20 March, 2017, 21:39 | Author: Valerie Burke
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As he was being pulled to the ground by a uniformed Secret Service officer, the man allegedly said, according to a D.C. police report, "this is a test". House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked Acting Director William Callahan to brief Congress on how the incident occurred, citing a "2015 committee report on the Secret Service [that] found 143 breaches and attempted breaches over a 10-year period", according to Reuters.

It was the third security incident outside the White House in eight days. When officers pulled him out of the auto, he told them "this is a test".

On Saturday, March 11th, Jonathan Tran jumped over three barriers with mace in his backpack.

Tran was on the White House grounds for 16 minutes before he was caught.

"I think you're going to see some big changes".

Tourist Tilman Hudson also thought it's worrisome. During his time in office, spikes were added to the top of the fence around the White House, and the fence itself was strengthened.

"That's why we spend billions of dollars on personnel and dogs and technologies and fences and undercover people and video surveillance", Mr Chaffetz said.

"Secretary Kelly told me that this person was there on the ground for 17 minutes, went undetected, was able to get up next to the White House, hide behind a pillar, look through a window, rattle the door handle", Chaffetz said. "That can never, ever happen, and yet it happened again", Chaffetz said.

Law enforcement said the pedestrian, who was not armed, did not make it to the White House fence and was carrying a document he wanted to deliver to the president.

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