WASHINGTON — About 100 uniformed Secret Service officers who guard the White House gates marched in front of them Tuesday, demanding a pay raise and improved benefits.
Some of the officers, who were not on duty or in uniform during the demonstration, carried placards reading, "I'm a target every day, why can't I get better pay?" and "The President can sleep because the U.D. doesn't."
The demonstration was organized by a union representing officers from the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, the 600-strong security force that staffs posts around the clock at the White House, the vice president's home and other federal sites.
The division is separate from the Secret Service agents who act as the President's bodyguards.
The march was peaceful and the participants paced back and forth in front of the White House gates on Pennsylvania Avenue.