State Police and National Guard coordinate to defend Michigan Capitol ahead of inauguration
The Michigan National Guard is coordinating with various police departments to protect the Michigan Capitol, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has not confirmed whether the National Guard plans to be at the scene for possible protests this weekend.
Whitmer held his press conference on Wednesday January 13 from the Capitol in Lansing. A six foot fence will be installed around the building on Friday.
“The state police have secured the Capitol and I have no doubts that we will continue to be able to do so,” Whitmer said.
The United States Capitol was ransacked in Washington DC last week and the Michigan Capitol was closed after a false bomb threat the next morning. Charlotte’s man who made the threat was arrested and charged with threat of terrorism and false declaration of an act of terrorism, both of which carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison.
There were discussions of the protests at the Michigan Capitol and other state capitals this weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan.20.
“With respect to a specific threat, there is none to my knowledge,” Whitmer said. “But we can see that the nationwide conversation is focused on the 17th.”
Michigan State Police, Michigan National Guard, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and Lansing Police Department work together to keep the Capitol and downtown Lansing safe, Whitmer said. .
“Beyond that, we don’t generally share more complex details of what these preparations look like,” Whitmer said. “I can just say that we are ready if anything should happen and I hope it does not.”