Alabama law enforcement monitoring violence threats
The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Alabama law enforcement officials are aware of concerns of possible violence in the next few days.
The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.
“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.,” said Amanda Wasden, ALEA Director for External Affairs
Not commenting whether there have been specifics threats in Alabama, Wasden told WTVY that the state agency is continuously monitoring the situation.
An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of Sunday, that the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press.
Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish told WTVY he there has been no credible threats of violence locally but, even so, his officers are prepared to respond, if necessary. He said while violence related to political climates and carried out against law enforcement has been getting heightened attention recently, he believes that behavior has been going on for years.
“What we are seeing is bleed over from a society from what has already been occurring in the law enforcement community and that is unrest and hatred,” Parrish said.
He believes social media posts are largely responsible for the increase in violence.
A protest at Alabama’s capitol on the day pro-Trump supporters stormed the capitol in Washington were not violent.
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