NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Security is ramped up at the Tennessee State Capitol for the possibility of violent protests like the one in Washington D.C. two weeks ago.
The FBI warned about potential armed protests at all 50 state capitols leading up to and on Inauguration Day. There haven't been any protests so far, and that's what law enforcement is hoping for today, as well.
Far more security and journalists, than protestors.— Levi Ismail (@LeviAIsmail) January 20, 2021
We count only two people protesting outside the TN Capitol.@MNPDNashville is securing the perimeter, with @TNHighwayPatrol guarding the building.@NC5 pic.twitter.com/OUkRbEMWa8
Guarding the capitol is a joint effort between the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. They'll have an increased presence around the area.
A barricade has also been set up around the capitol building to prevent anyone from storming into the building. As of now, no specific threat has been made to any buildings in the downtown area.
Even with the enhanced security, Metro Police Chief John Drake is asking for your help. If you see anything suspicious or concerning, please give law enforcement a call.