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State officials nationwide are securing their government buildings ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' inauguration.
Extensive safety measures come after a warning from the FBI about possible "armed protests" at Capitol buildings in all 50 states and Washington, DC.
Photos show how some states are beefing up their security to prevent attacks or breaches like those during the Jan. 6 deadly US Captiol riots.
Officials are preparing security at state buildings across the country ahead of Inauguration Day following the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection at the US Capitol building.
On January 6, pro-Trump supporters breached at the US Capitol building which resulted in five deaths and a second impeachment for President Donald Trump.
Last week, an FBI bulletin reported by ABC News signaled the possibility of armed demonstrations at the US Capitol and other state capitol buildings nationwide.
More than 20,000 troops were deployed to Washington, DC to assist local law enforcement to ensure a peaceful transfer of power ahead of Inauguration Day.
Amid security concerns, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-president election Kamala Harris will still be sworn in on January 20 outside of the US Capitol building. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and other surrounding area officials in Mayland and Virginia have urged people to stay home and not attend the inauguration ceremony.
"On January 20, there will be a transition of power, and we will work together, and with our partners in the federal government, to ensure the safety of the National Capital Region," Bowser, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said in a joint statement.
"Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, including last week's violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the extraordinary step of encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, DC and to instead participate virtually," the statement continued.
Photos show how some states are increasing security efforts at capitol buildings.
Law enforcement in Pennsylvania are preparing to protect the state Capitol Complex in Harrisburg by taking safety measures in the event that violent protests occur, WGAL-TV reported.
—City of Harrisburg (@thecityofhbg) January 15, 2021
"We are going to have hundreds of police mobilized which includes the Capitol Police, the state police, obviously Harrisburg police, and police from surrounding municipalities even the Pennsylvania National Guard," Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse in a Twitter post on Friday.
"I think it's possible to be optimistic while also being prepared for whatever comes our way," Papenfuse said. "The Capitol will be defended, Harrisburg will be protected and we will make it through this challenging time together."
WMTV reported that capitol police and state National Guard are prepared, and the building windows were boarded up as a precaution.
—Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) January 17, 2021
WRIC-TV reported that the Virginia National Guard and state police are mobilized around the state Capitol in Richmond as some windows are boarded up for protection.
"If you're planning to come here or up to Washington with ill intent in your heart, you need to turn around and go home, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said at a press conference. "You are not welcome here, and you are not welcome in our nation's capitol."
—Reuters (@Reuters) January 14, 2021
"And if you come here and act out...Virginia will be ready," Northam continued.
According to WTVR-TV, Virginia Capitol Square will remain closed until at least January 21.
In Michigan, authorities are prepared for potential unrest. Although some protesters arrived at the building on Sunday, no one was arrested, according to the Detroit Free Press.
—Elisha Anderson (@elishaanderson) January 17, 2021
Massive security efforts are underway at the New York State Capitol building in Albany with heavy police presence and barricades to protect the building, WNYT-TV reported.
—Joseph Spector (@GannettAlbany) January 17, 2021
"Given recent events in Washington and across the country, the New York State Police has, out of an abundance of caution, taken steps to harden security in and around the State Capitol in Albany, an NYS police spokesperson told Democrat and Chronicle in a statement. "These restrictions are in place until further notice."
—SCBPS (@BPS_CRO) January 17, 2021
Governor Roy Cooper greenlit an estimated 350 National Guard troops in North Carolina, according to a January 13 press release.
—Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) January 13, 2021
"Ongoing security concerns in Washington, DC and state capitals around the nation following last week's attack on the US Capitol must be taken seriously, and I will deploy necessary resources to keep North Carolinians safe." Cooper said in a press release. "I have spoken with state and federal authorities and thank the men and women of the North Carolina National Guard for their continued service to our state and nation."
State troopers are on the ground to protect the state capitol in Nashville. The Tennessean reported that although there have been no demonstrations as of early Sunday afternoon, authorities remain alert.
—Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) January 17, 2021
Utah Governor issued a state of emergency earlier this week in light of potential protests, according to KUTV.
FOX 13 reported that the National Guard and local state troopers are prepared for any possible threats.
—Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) January 15, 2021
In Minnesota, State Patrol stands guard as small pro-Trump protesters gathered in front of the Capitol building, FOX 9 reported.
—Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) January 17, 2021
CBS Boston reported that local authorities announced closed roads by the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston as a security measure.
According to WWLP-TV, the statehouse is currently closed.
—Jessica Rinaldi (@jrinaldi5) January 17, 2021
The Ohio National Guard and Ohio State Highway Patrol are guarding the statehouse.
Protesters demonstrated in front of the building with no violent behavior, according to WCMH-TV.
—Adrienne Robbins (@ARobbinsTV) January 17, 2021
The Atlanta Constitution reported that the Georgia State Capitol building is heavily protected by state and capitol police and the state guard.
—Josh Morgan (@photojmorgan) January 17, 2021
"Illegal, un-American activity like we saw last week in Washington, D.C., will not be tolerated in Georgia," Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted Thursday."Let me be clear: if you're coming to Georgia to break the law, it's better to not come at all."
At the Mississippi State Capitol building, capitol police and state highway patrol are present, the Clarion-Ledger reported.
—Alyssa Newton 📸 (@AlyssaKNewton) January 17, 2021
State officials announced that the Texas Capitol building is closed until after Inauguration Day, according to the Dallas Morning News.
—Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) January 15, 2021
"The Texas Department of Public Safety is aware of armed protests planned at the Texas State Capitol this week and violent extremists who may seek to exploit constitutionally protected events to conduct criminal acts," DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement on Friday.
"As a result, DPS has deployed additional personnel and resources to the Capitol and are working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Austin Police Department to monitor events and enforce the rule of law."
At the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, the state National Guard monitors the area.
—Sebastian Robertson (@srobertsontv) January 17, 2021
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