Ahead of potential demonstrations, additional security measures planned for Louisiana Capitol

Ahead of potential demonstrations, additional security measures planned for Louisiana Capitol
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - State troopers are preparing for potential demonstrations at Louisiana’s Capitol building.

A Louisiana State Police (LSP) spokesperson confirmed the agency was notified of “planned protests.”

This news comes after an FBI bulletin, reviewed by the Associated Press, warned that demonstrations across the nation could start later this week and continue through the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.

“In coordination with Capitol staff and the Department of Public Safety Police, LSP will have personnel in place to ensure a safe environment and to protect the rights of our citizens to hold a peaceful gathering,” a statement provided by LSP states.

Several dozen demonstrators gathered peacefully at the State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 6 to object to President-Elect Biden’s win over President Trump, at the same time that a violent demonstration broke out on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Security was briefly heightened at the state Capitol for that demonstration. Only those with special access badges were allowed inside.

Beyond partnerships with federal and local law enforcement agencies, LSP was unable to comment on additional security measures being put in place.

The agency recently acknowledged additional security measures were also made at the Governor’s Mansion, just minutes away from the Capitol building, after an intruder was able to break in.

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