Public Safety officials prepare for possible protests at Louisiana State Capitol

Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – APRIL 17: A general view of the Louisiana State Capitol prior to a rally against Louisiana’s stay-at-home order and economic shutdown on April 17, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Governor John Bell Edwards has said Louisiana’s high rate of infections and deaths does not position the state to quickly open back up. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Baton Rouge, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Federal, state, and local agencies in Louisiana are coming together in a collaborative effort to prepare for possible protests at the State Capitol after the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.

State officials say representatives from the Louisiana State Police, DPS Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana Army National Guard, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, United States Attorney Office, and the Louisiana Legislative Sergeant at Arms are working closely to coordinate security protocols and ensure safety for protesters, Capitol grounds and staff, and the surrounding community. 

Although no specific and substantiated threat to life or property have been identified at this time to include the State Capitol or other government buildings, partnering agencies will continually monitor for potential security concerns and provide timely notification should this change. 

All agencies remain steadfast in our mission to protect our citizens and respect those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights, including the right to peacefully protest. Criminal activity, the destruction of property, and the intentional incitement of violence prevents others from peacefully expressing their First Amendment rights and will not be tolerated. 

In preparation, a multi-agency unified command center will be utilized to maintain a heightened posture to monitor for any emerging threats to our state. The focus is to provide a centralized location for gathering intelligence, assessing potential threats, and providing any additional resources needed. 

All agencies involved will be focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals attempting to incite violence and engage in criminal activity during peaceful protests in Louisiana.

Citizens are urged to report suspicious and/or suspected criminal activity by utilizing:

As indicated nationwide, citizens with information on the incident that occurred at the US Capitol last week or upcoming protests can notify the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or at fbi.gov/USCapitol.

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