Security ramps up at Georgia State Capitol ahead of inauguration

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A member of the Georgia State Patrol SWAT team looks on as people walk by outside of the Georgia State capitol after the opening day of the legislative session on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ATLANTA (WSAV) – Security has ramped under Georgia’s gold dome ahead of next week’s presidential inauguration in Washington.

The FBI has warned of armed protests at statehouses after last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, prompting several Georgia agencies to buckle down.

Gov. Brian Kemp says that while peaceful protests are OK, violence will not be tolerated.

“As you know in Georgia, we had peaceful protests all summer long, allowing people to let their voice being heard on an array of issues that we had going on in our state and in our country at that time,” the governor said the night of the unrest in D.C. “But we certainly did not allow anarchy and we will not allow that now, here in the state of Georgia.”

State lawmakers who headed back to the Georgia State Capitol for the opening day of the legistlative session were met with some security changes.

A barricade was erected on the perimeter of the building and members of the Georgia State Patrol stood guard.

“The Department of Public Safety, including Capitol Police, and the Georgia State Patrol, continues to monitor protest activity and to evaluate its security measures at the Capitol,” a statement from the Georgia Department of Public Safety reads. “We are prepared to respond in the appropriate manner as we have always done in the past. Our primary concern will always be the safety of everyone who works at or visits the Capitol grounds.

Kemp says the threat level in Georgia is low, but they are taking all of the necessary precautions.

The Atlanta Police Department and Georiga Bureau of Investigation say they are working with other state agencies, and federal officials, to respond to situations — but cannot specify security plans.

The City of Atlanta Police Department (APD) continues to coordinate with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to respond should protests or illegal activity occur. If activity begins to occur, APD is prepared to respond quickly. We do not share operational or security plans. However, the safety and security of our city and citizens is our priority.

Atlanta Police Department

The GBI is aware of the reports. GISAC (State Fusion Center) is monitoring activity. We are in communication with our partners and will continue to do what is necessary to ensure our Capitol is safe and secure.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

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