WASHINGTON (WTWO/WAWV) — The Associated Press reported Monday that the FBI is warning of plans for protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. Indiana’s governor’s office and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said their states are prepared for any protests.
Two law enforcement officials read details of the memo to The Associated Press. “Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the bulletin said, according to one official.
Pritzker responded, “I’m not going to talk about the specific security measures. But suffice to say that the the ISP is quite well aware of the challenges that may crop up, they’ve, you know, they’ve seen them, even leading into the session days here. And they will work you know, we have a great security team for the state consisting of all three agency heads. That’s General Neely at our National Guard, Director Kelly at the state police and General Tate Nadeau at our Emergency Management Agency and we really work very cohesively, and they’ve done a terrific job so far.”
The Indiana State Police issued a statement reading: “The Indiana State Police is aware of postings on social media regarding January 17th and we will continue to monitor that while also communicating with our local and federal law enforcement partners. While we do not speak to specifics as they pertain to operational and security measures, we are prepared to provide the necessary security for the Statehouse and its adjacent campus.”
A statement issued by Governor Eric Holcomb’s office read, “The Indiana State Police is always monitoring the latest intelligence. Per usual, if a situation arises the state is prepared.”