Walz to deploy National Guard to protect Minnesota Capitol

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from Associated Press reports
Updated: January 12, 2021 03:28 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 03:20 PM

Gov. Tim Walz says he plans to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to protect against potential threats to the state Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Walz told reporters that troops will be activated for several days.

The governor said he spoke earlier Tuesday with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about a Dec. 29 FBI memo warning of threats to the Minnesota and Michigan state capitols for this weekend. He also got a briefing from law enforcement officials.

Walz's announcement comes a day after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers deployed National Guard troops to his state's capitol. In Michigan, where armed demonstrators against coronavirus restrictions entered the capitol last year, a state commission voted to bar the open carrying of weapons in the Capitol building.

The storming of the U.S. Capitol last week by President Donald Trump’s supporters has raised concerns about the potential for more violence. The FBI has warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., ahead of Biden's inauguration.

State capitols were reinforced with extra police officers and National Guard units Monday as some legislatures returned to business. Fencing had already gone up around some capitols during racial injustice protests last summer, and it is being added at others.

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