Gov. Tim Walz will discuss safety at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul ahead of planned weekend protests in Minnesota and across the United States.
The governor will hold a press conference at noon to provide an update on security concerns at the state Capitol "following the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week and continued threats to state capitols."
Walz will be joined by Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, Minnesota National Guard Adj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota State Patrol Chief Col. Matt Langer and St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell.
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The St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota State Patrol are preparing for possible protests around the State Capitol in the coming days.
The FBI has received "credible threats" of right-wing, anti-government violence, including from the "Boogaloo Bois," being planned at the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday. It has also been reported that an FBI memo warned "armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols" between Jan. 16 and Jan. 20.
There are two permitted events at the Minnesota State Capitol this weekend, both are hosted by the same person and group who organized the "Storm the Capitol" rally at the state Capitol on Jan. 6, which was peaceful but did feature speakers who called for violence, civil war and casualties. Organizers have said these events will be peaceful.
State and local law enforcement have said they're prepared for the expected and unexpected, while Gov. Walz has activated the Minnesota National Guard to support law enforcement in St. Paul if the need arises.
State public safety officials are asking Minnesotans who don't have plans or business at the Capitol to "consider visiting at another time." Meanwhile, the Minnesota History Center at the Capitol Complex says it'll be closed this weekend and the United States Postal Service is temporarily removing four of its blue collection boxes near the Capitol Complex.