Security increased at Tennessee Capitol for Inauguration Day

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Posted at 6:14 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 21:33:55-05

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.

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.