Police monitor truck convoys threatening to block roads around DC – NBC4 Washington
Law enforcement in Maryland, Virginia and DC are monitoring what may be a number of truck convoys arriving in DC
Truckers apparently spurred on by recent protests in Canada want to make their voices heard, but the scale of the protests and how disruptive they are are still unclear.
Maryland State Police said they were aware of truckers’ threats to clog roads and close the ring road, but there were no details.
In a statement, state police said, “Troops in the area are working with federal, state and local agencies to monitor developments…and will be prepared to respond appropriately…to ensure the free flow of traffic.”
Bob Bolus, who owns a towing business in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said he and a convoy of truckers planned to close the Beltway on Wednesday.
“We are challenging the high fuel prices,” he said.
Bolus said they are also protesting vaccination mandates, critical race theory and people in prison facing charges related to the Capitol insurgency. He said he respects truckers protesting in Canada.
Bolus said the convoy will first pass through Pennsylvania’s capital of Harrisburg before coming to DC, and he advised people using the Beltway to want to stay away.
DC Police Chief Robert Contee said Friday they are keeping tabs on what might happen.
Capitol Police are calling it an extra layer of security ahead of next week’s State of the Union and the possibility of a truck convoy.
“As with all of our First Amendment protests happening here in the city, we need to be in a prepared position for the information we know,” he said. “Obviously we follow trends across the country just like you guys do, and when we see trends that can impact us here in Washington, DC, we prepare for it.
In a statement, Virginia State Police said they “continue to monitor the situation and communicate with our National Capital Region, local, state and federal partners.”