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Oklahoma National Guard Troops Prepare For Protests At The Capitol

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki
In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

National Guard troops are joining state and federal law enforcement to protect the state Capitol in case violent protesters target the building this weekend. The precautions are a reaction to last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and threats of more violence leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Governor Kevin Stitt is activating 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard through next Thursday at the request of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The governor’s office said in a news release the guard is being deployed “out of an abundance of caution.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a memo this week that extremists supporting President Donald Trump may stage armed protests in state capitols across the country.
The Oklahoma City FBI and Governor Stitt’s office say they don’t have any specific or credible threats of violence against the Oklahoma Capitol building.
Stitt says he supports Oklahomans right to peacefully demonstrate but the state “will not tolerate violence or damage to property.”
The FBI encourages Oklahomans who have information on violent threats to call or email its tip lines. 

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Quinton joined the team at StateImpact Oklahoma in 2017, focusing on criminal justice reporting. He is an OSU grad with degrees in Economics and Marketing who got his start in radio at KOSU. After graduation, Quinton served as Morning Edition Host/General Assignment Reporter at KBBI Radio in Homer, Alaska and Education Reporter at KTOO Public Media in Juneau, Alaska. Quinton loves writing, reading and has an intense relationship with his Netflix account.
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