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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is demanding answers from the Secret Service about long lines that kept people out of this week's March on Washington remembrance.

Wednesday was that perfect D.C. summer mix of off and on rain and sticky heat, making the day a little miserable for many, but not miserable enough to deter tens of thousands of people from coming out to the Lincoln Memorial.

But many people who were undeterred by nature gave up on the March after being stuck in an incredibly slow moving Secret Service checkpoint that left some people hospitalized, according to Norton who says security planning was a massive failure. She says the Secret Service has shown it can't handle security at large events alone.

"They could only have benefited from other police agencies being allowed to help, like the Capitol Police, like the Park Police," says Norton. "Without that help and without advanced planning, they've shown they don't know how to do it. I no longer have confidence in them when it comes to the public, at least in our nation's capital."

Norton is hoping to meet with officials at the Secret Service next week.

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