The US Supreme Court was placed on lockdown on Tuesday and law enforcement officials arrested one man after they sealed off the immediate vicinity of the building due to a suspicious vehicle parked nearby on Tuesday.
The United States Capitol Police warned the public to stay away from First Street, NE in Washington, DC, early on Tuesday morning. There were no disruptions to court proceedings.
‘NOW: We are investigating a suspicious vehicle in front of the Supreme Court along First Street, NE,’ the US Capitol Police tweeted on Tuesday.
An hour later, the USCP tweeted: ‘One of our teams just moved in and extracted the man from the SUV. The man is in custody. Everyone is safe.’
A reporter for Newsy posted an image on Twitter showing a silver-colored SUV near the Court.
The image above shows a suspicious SUV spotted near the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, on Tuesday
A suspicious SUV (circled) is seen above on a Washington, DC, street blocked by Capitol Police near the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning
Capitol Police on Tuesday tweeted that the driver of the vehicle (circled) was apprehended and taken into custody
The United States Capitol Police warned the public to stay away from First Street, NE in Washington, DC. Police are seen above responding to the report of a suspicious vehicle on Tuesday
Heavily armed officers are seen above near the US Supreme Court on Tuesday morning
The suspicious vehicle is seen far right near the Supreme Court on Tuesday
‘A source tells me this [is] the suspicious car in front of the Supreme Court,’ according to journalist Nathaniel Reed.
The photo posted by Reed shows a US Capitol Police officer ‘yelling at the man driving to roll down his window.’
‘Just roll down the windows so we can talk to you! Come on man! Roll them down!’ Reed quotes a source as saying.
The USCP told local media that it has blocked traffic from First Street between Independence Avenue, SE and Constitution Avenue, NE; Second Street between East Capitol Street and Constitution Avenue, NE; and East Capitol Street between First and Second Streets, NE.
In April, a USCP officer was killed and another was injured when a man rammed his car into a barricade outside the US Capitol. The driver of the car then got out of the vehicle and began wielding a knife.
Police shot the suspect, 25-year-old Noah Green, who died at a hospital.
Last month, a man drove a black pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress and began shouting to people in the street that he had a bomb.
He later made the same bomb threats to police officers and professed a litany of antigovernment grievances as part of a bizarre episode that he livestreamed for a Facebook audience.
Floyd Ray Roseberry pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges that include threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Last month, a man drove a black pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress and began shouting to people in the street that he had a bomb
A witness also posted a picture to Twitter which showed the same man in a truck, after he tossed dollar bills out of the window
Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, surrenders to police in Washington DC on Thursday after a five-hour standoff. He drove onto a sidewalk outside the Library of Congress and demanded to speak to Joe Biden
Monday was the first day that the high court was back in session. The justices are expected to decide on several high-profile and controversial topics.
Abortion, guns and religion all are on the agenda for a court whose panel of justices is comprised of six conservatives and three liberals.
The proceedings on Monday were held in person for the first time in 19 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh participated remotely from his home after testing positive for COVID-19 late last week, his voice echoing in the courtroom when he had a question to ask while his high-backed chair sat empty.
Kavanaugh, who was vaccinated in January, is showing no symptoms, the court said. All the other justices also have been vaccinated.
Monday was also the first time that new Justice Amy Coney Barrett participated in arguments in the courtroom, despite nearly a year on the court as its most junior member.
In April, a Capitol police officer was killed after a car smashed into a barrier on Independence Avenue
The driver of the car, Noah Green, 25, then got out of the vehicle and began wielding a knife. Police shot Green, who died at a hospital
Earlier this year, the National Guard and local law enforcement were on high alert in the nation’s capital after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Five people died in the riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists who supported former President Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the election.
Authorities installed a tall perimeter fence around the Capitol and for months restricted traffic along the roads closest to the building.