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ALEA addresses state government building safety

File Photo: The Alabama Capitol (Source: WSFA)
File Photo: The Alabama Capitol (Source: WSFA)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 9:32 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says it is working to ensure the safety of the state Capitol and government buildings in light of nationwide safety concerns ahead of Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.

ALEA says they are working with local law enforcement to provide overall safety and security to all state buildings within the Capitol complex.

State law enforcement is also working closely with the Department of Finance, which manages all operations of state buildings, including the Capitol.

ALEA is continuing to monitor activity for public safety concerns and possible threats related to the ongoing protests across the nation.

“ALEA recognizes that United States Citizens have constitutionally protected rights to assemble, speak, and petition the government. ALEA safeguards these first amendment rights, and reports on only those activities where the potential use of rhetoric and/or propaganda could be used to carry out acts of violence. Additionally, potential criminality exhibited by certain members of a group does not negate the constitutional rights of the group itself or its law-abiding participants to exercise their individual liberties under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” ALEA said in a statement.

Alabama’s state Capitol is currently closed as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Original Story: https://www.wsfa.com/2021/01/11/alea-addresses-state-government-building-safety/