Securing the state: How Louisiana is preparing for Biden inauguration

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Regarding pre-inauguration security concerns, the biggest news at the Louisiana State Capitol is that there’s little news.

So far, supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump have kept their protests in the state peaceful entering the final days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office Wednesday.

Nonviolent demonstrations this past weekend in Baton Rouge and Lafayette have prompted words of gratitude from state and federal officials.

“The peaceful assemblies and activities throughout the weekend was a testament to the intended purpose of our First Amendment rights, including the right to peacefully protest,” the FBI’s New Orleans field office and the Louisiana State Police said in a joint statement.

But security experts warn people not to let their guards down. The FBI and state police are heightening their presence at the State Capitol through Wednesday.

“We need to prepare ourselves for the opportunity that some actors could show up and attempt to do harm to our government facilities and government workers,” Homeland Security Experts Group executive director Rob Walker said. “We need to all take these threats and chatters very seriously.”

Louisiana’s security preparations for Wednesday are also extending beyond the state line. The Louisiana National Guard has deployed 174 soldiers and airmen to Washington ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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