Security on high alert at Alabama Capitol in case of violent protests

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) – The FBI has issued a warning of potential violence at all 50 state Capitol buildings leading up to next week’s inauguration of Joe Biden as President.  

As a precaution, law enforcement in the state Capitol is keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency released the following statement:

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) in conjunction with local law enforcement continue to work together to provide overall safety and security to all state buildings within the Capitol complex. ALEA also works closely with the Department of Finance who manages all operations of state buildings including the Capitol. 

ALEA continues 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.

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