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Law enforcement monitoring planned protests at Tennessee Capitol

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 08:06:46-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — With just days until Inauguration Day, the FBI has warned law enforcement agencies across the country about possible armed protests at state capitols.

Metro Nashville police officials say there are at least three planned protests leading up to Inauguration Day and they have safety measures in place to make sure the public and Capitol remain safe.

Metro Police says there is a potential protest scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. connected to a call for rallies at every state capitol in the nation. There is also a pro-Trump rally set for Inauguration Day next Wednesday.

As state lawmakers return to work for the new year, two peaceful protests happened Tuesday at the capitol.

One was a silent protest by the "People's Plaza" and the other was by this group from Knoxville and Chattanooga demanding change.

Organizers tell me that black communities are frustrated with what they say is a lack of fair treatment and equal access to health care.

They say there are also disparities in the policing of Black communities versus white communities

"All through this past spring and summer and historically, Black people have to be above reproach when asking for their demands while our counterpoint can do whatever they want with impunity," said organizer C-Grimey.

Although Tuesday's protests remained peaceful, metro police and Tennessee Highway Patrol say they will be monitoring future planned protests with heightened security as a precaution.

They wouldn't elaborate further on their plans.