State Capitol building in Baton Rouge remains closed to public
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) – The FBI is expected to release an update Monday on threats made against the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge.
Specific details of the threats have not been made public, but the agency did say they were inspired by the deadly riots in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6.
The FBI said all 50 state capitals have been warned of threats of similar attacks.
In Baton Rouge, the State Capitol building remains closed to the public. Barricades block the doors and potential projectiles, including heavy metal trash cans, have been removed from Capitol grounds. The building is being patrolled by multiple law enforcement agencies and the Louisiana National Guard, according to Louisiana State Police.
State Representative Rodney Lyons, who represents Jefferson Parish, said he is optimistic Baton Rouge will remain peaceful, adding that there is no room for violence at the State House.
“This is a test of our democracy,” Lyons said. “There are going to be times where information is going to be skewed, people are going to have various opinions, but we as a people have to remain strong. We have to remain strong and we have to work through those things.”
Supporters of President Donald Trump have protested at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge regularly since the 2020 election. The gatherings have been peaceful.
Lyons said lawmakers will be allowed inside for meetings after the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday. Lyons said he does not know when the Capitol will reopen to the public.