FBI: Protests allegedly planned across the nation this week
Federal law enforcement officials have advised local police agencies to increase their presence around city institutions out of an abundance of caution.
WASHINGTON (ABC) — Armed protests are being planned across our nation’s capitals, starting this week and running through Inauguration Day, reports ABC News after obtaining an internal FBI bulletin.
“As of 10 January, armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the bulletin said.
It should be noted that federal law enforcement officials have advised local police agencies to increase their presence around city institutions out of an abundance of caution. The FBI has also apprehended about 29 individuals involved in the Capitol riots, with the help of more than 45,000 digital tips.
While the National Special Security Event designation for the inauguration of President-elect Biden will begin safety operations on Wednesday, rather than next Tuesday, as stated by the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. Read the full press release at the bottom of the article.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday morning he had heard about the planned protests.
“Certainly we will take the appropriate precautions here in the state capitol with regard to that,” he said.
Ricketts noted protests in Lincoln last week remained peaceful, adding that using violence to further a political agenda is “not the American way.”