Michigan ‘prepared to respond accordingly’ if threat is made to state Capitol, Whitmer says

Michigan State Police coordinating with Michigan National Guard

Michigan Capitol building in Lansing

LANSING, Mich. – Members of law enforcement are coordinating with the Michigan National Guard to make sure they’re prepared to respond to any sign of violence at the state Capitol, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

“What we are seeing play out across our country right now is deeply concerning,” Whitmer said.

She said a false bomb threat was made in Michigan’s Capitol.

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Whitmer called the threats an “aim to intimidate and to threaten our democracy and our democratic process.”

Officials with Michigan State Police are coordinating with the Michigan National Guard, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and Lansing Police Department, according to Whitmer.

“I’ve got confidence in the work that we are doing, and we take it seriously,” Whitmer said. “It’s not to say there is an impending threat, but simply that we are prepared to respond accordingly.”

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Whitmer said she can’t share more intricate details about the preparations. But there’s a “lot of chatter” being monitored.

To her knowledge, there aren’t currently any specific threats, Whitmer said.

“I can just say we are prepared if something should arise and hopeful that it does not,” she said.

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