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Alabama troopers will help keep D.C. safe during Inauguration

Those troopers will join officers from other states in assisting Washington’s Metro and Capitol Police, National Guard troops, and U.S. Secret Service, among others.
(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 12:05 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) -Alabama is sending about 50 of state troopers to Washington where they will provide security support during Inauguration week. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesperson Amanda Wasden confirmed the deployment to WTVY.

Those troopers will join officers from other states in assisting Washington’s Metro and Capitol Police, National Guard troops, and U.S. Secret Service, among others. In all, 2000 or more officers could be dispatched to D.C.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned of threats., including those toward lawmakers and federal monuments. There are also concerns that armed groups will demonstrate before and during next Wednesday’s inauguration.

Tensions have been unusually high since demonstrators stormed the Capitol on January 6. Five deaths are associated with that violence.

In response to that riot, fencing has been placed around the Capitol and other D.C. buildings, part of unprecedented security measures.

Also, the National Park Service has closed Washington’s National Mall to the general public as part of greatly intensified security ahead of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. It will reopen January 22.

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