US on high alert ahead of Inauguration Day as states activate National Guard

All 50 states and the District of Columbia are preparing for what law enforcement officials say could be violent protests this weekend through Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden following the deadly pro-Donald Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In D.C., streets are closed, Metro stations are shuttered and the U.S. Capitol is surrounded with heavy barricading and National Guard members. State capitols are also bracing for the possibility of violence from armed extremist groups. Keep refreshing this page for the latest updates on security and protests from across the USA TODAY Network.

State Capitols brace for potential violence

Around the U.S., state Capitols are preparing for the potential of violent demonstrations this weekend by ramping up the presence of law enforcement officers and National Guard members, among other security measures.

► Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has ordered the state’s National Guard to assemble a “quick response unit” to prepare for “potential activity.”

► California Gov. Gavin Newsom mobilized 1,000 members of the National Guard as the state also erected a temporary chain link fence around its Capitol. The California Highway Patrol has refused to issue permits for rallies that had been planned there.

► About 450 National Guard members in Pennsylvania will augment the local and State Police response at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf said.

► Columbus Police Cmdr. Smith Weir said…

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