January 28, 2021

Safety concerns arise after some armed protesters show up at Texas Capitol

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some have issues about security across the Texas State Capitol after armed protesters confirmed up for the primary day of the legislative session Tuesday.

In some photographs, Chairman of the Texas Republican Occasion Allen West might be seen posing with members of an armed militia group.

There have been no acts of violence, however it got here after the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned armed demonstrations are being deliberate in any respect 50 state capitols.

“This morning there have been plenty of questions,” mentioned District 26 Sen. José Menéndez. “We had plenty of questions. We knew that there had been plenty of chatter of desirous to disrupt the method.”

Menéndez and some others had requested Gov. Greg Abbott forward of time to not permit most of the people to hold weapons contained in the Capitol on the primary day of the session. Menéndez says that request went unanswered.

Nevertheless, he felt an elevated legislation enforcement presence and COVID-19 testing outdoors of the Capitol constructing helped hold issues calm inside.

He says everybody being required to undergo the state’s fast testing tents earlier than getting into helped decelerate the method of tourists getting into.

“We may even have a dialog with folks, we may see what their enterprise is, in order that we may take a minute to see what’s happening, and so they can see that the Capitol is closely fortified and guarded,” he mentioned.

Down the highway, some companies started boarding up in anticipation of protests main as much as Inauguration Day.

Buford Snyder, who owns Snyder Business Glass Service says his firm has begun getting fairly a couple of calls and emails asking for assist with that.

“It’s a matter of how a lot wooden can we get, how briskly can we get it, how many individuals can we mobilize at one time,” Snyder mentioned.

His crews boarded up a number of companies downtown Tuesday.

“It’s preparation for worst case situation of some violent protesters,” Snyder mentioned. “It’s a superb precautionary factor, as a result of it’s approach cheaper to purchase wooden than it’s to purchase glass and steel, and it helps maintaining folks from getting inside.”

Nevertheless, Menéndez hopes it doesn’t come to that in Austin. He feels the heavy safety presence on the state Capitol will act as a deterrent.

“It’s vital for folks to comprehend that we’re not going to be caught off guard just like the Capitol police have been in Washington,” Menéndez mentioned.

Menéndez added that he feels individuals who don’t work on the Capitol shouldn’t be carrying weapons within it. He says he’ll proceed to advocate for that, as a result of he believes it might make the state Capitol safer.

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