ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) - Security around the state capitol will strengthen in the days ahead after a warning from the FBI with specific mention of Minnesota.
It said armed protests will happen at all 50 state capitals later this week and in the days leading up to the inauguration. The leaked FBI report specifically mentioned Minnesota and Michigan because of recent activity by the boogaloo boys. A spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in part “We are aware of the national reports of potential insurrection and are tracking possible protest activity as we stand ready to guard the Capitol and protect state employees from harm.” Meanwhile, Governor Tim Walz says state troopers entered his home this weekend to evacuate his 14-year-old son as a pro-Trump crowd gathered outside.
“We’re coordinating. We’re in touch with this. We’re coordinating with your federal attorneys and preparing and making sure that these insurrectionists, that these lawless individuals are not able to hold sway. We’re stepping up, coordinating, and preparing. And I think we’ll be ready,” says Keith Elison, Minnesota Attorney General.
State patrol’s presence has increased, both outside and inside the capitol building, and the fence surrounding it since last summer will remain.