Governors across the nation are fortifying statehouses amid fears of possibly violent protests in the lead-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol raised fears across the nation of armed protesters amassing at statehouses. Many states began putting new security measures in place, including increasing law enforcement personnel and activating National Guard troops as legislators returned to work.
The FBI specifically warned this week of potentially violent protests in all 50 states ahead of Biden’s swearing-in as the nation’s 46th president. As the weekend drew near, statehouses began erecting barricades, fencing and boards as officials braced for potential violence.
On Friday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who had been the target of an alleged kidnapping plot last year, activated the state’s National Guard ahead of a protest reportedly planned for Sunday.
“The security enhancements that we have made are both seen — such as the increase in uniformed personnel and a perimeter fence — and unseen, which are things we have no intention of discussing or disclosing because these efforts are meant to be covert,” said Col. Joe Gasper, the Michigan State Police director, said at a Friday news conference.