Louisiana law enforcement officials release joint statement on preparations ahead of protests

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Law enforcement agencies across Louisiana issued a joint statement on Thursday evening announcing that they are prepared to respond to possible protests at the Louisiana state Capitol this weekend.

The statement said a through a collaborative effort of federal, state and local public safety agencies, officials continue to prepare.

According to the statement, 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,” the statement read, in part.

In preparation, a multi-agency unified command center will be utilized to maintain a heightened posture to monitor for any emerging threats to the state, according to the statement.

“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,” the statement read.

Public safety officials are urging residents 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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