Holcomb sending Indiana National Guard to D.C. to help with inauguration

Gov. Eric Holcomb is sending hundreds of members of the Indiana National Guard to Washington, D.C., to assist with security during the presidential inauguration next week.

On Wednesday during his weekly press briefing, Holcomb said he is deploying 625 troops to Washington, D.C., from Saturday through Jan. 22.

President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office on Jan. 20, and the law enforcement officials have warned that protests are anticipated. Last week, protests turned violent at the U.S. Capitol.

The FBI has also warned that protests that could start as early as this weekend are planned for all 50 state capitols, but Holcomb and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter on Wednesday said they do not have any direct information about protests planned in Indianapolis.

Carter said state police are prepared for any protests that could take place over the next week.

“It will be all hands on deck,” Carter said. “I can assure you.”

The FBI’s warning came after riots overtook the U.S. Capitol one week ago, when Congress met jointly to certify results from the Electoral College. At least five people died either at the event or at hospitals afterward, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer. The U.S. Capitol Police was criticized for not being prepared for the protests.

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