6-foot fence built around California Capitol in anticipation of upcoming demonstrations

California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A 6-foot fence is being built around the perimeter of the California State Capitol, as state leaders take steps to protect the building in anticipation of upcoming demonstrations.

The entire fence is expected to be up by Thursday afternoon. 

Monday, FOX40 reported local law enforcement agencies are stepping up their efforts to protect the California Capitol and surrounding area leading up to Inauguration Day after the FBI warned of planned, armed protests at all 50 state capitals and Washington, D.C.

For the past several weeks, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn has sent around 200 officers to the State Capitol every Saturday where there have been weekly demonstrations staged by President Donald Trump supporters contesting the 2020 presidential election results.

Those demonstrators were met by counter-protesters, which led to several clashes between the groups and police, with some turning violent. 

Hahn told FOX40 the Inauguration Day protests could be more dangerous than previous demonstrations.

Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the State Capitol already has a heightened level of security, and he will decide whether or not to activate the National Guard when the moment calls for it. 

A joint statement was released Tuesday by California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray, Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security Advisor Mark Ghilarducci and California National Guard Adjutant Gen. David Baldwin:

Our collective agencies are working closely together and remain vigilant to respond to potential threats that may occur anywhere in the state, including the Capitol.  Collectively, we maintain strong relationships with our security and intelligence partners at the local, state, and federal levels and are continually monitoring and sharing information about possible emerging threats to the state. 

Together, our role is to safeguard lives and property and ensure that California remains a safe place for those who live, work, and travel within the state while ensuring the ability of individuals and groups to lawfully exercise their First Amendment rights.

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