With law enforcement at the ready, only a few dozen protesters gather at Michigan Capitol
LANSING, Mich. – Things were calm at the Capitol Building in Lansing Sunday. At its busiest, close to two dozen armed protesters gathered, but they were significantly outnumbered by police and National Guard. RELATED: Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified US capitolsLansing Mayor Andy Schor said there was no violence and no arrests were made. Timothy Teagan, who has attended protests in Michigan and other states, was armed with a rifle, cigarettes and beef jerky. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
MSP, FBI, National Guard prepare for armed protests, potential violence in Lansing
READ: Michigan AG asserts Lansing Capitol is unsafe as expected armed protest loomsThings were calm at the Capitol in Lansing Saturday night. Authorities installed six-foot barriers around the Capitol Building in preparation of armed protests Sunday. “I’m feeling much better regarding the events this weekend,” Nessel said. Michigan State Police troopers -- joined with members of the National Guard and Lansing police -- are ready for anything and everything. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
Michigan AG asserts Lansing Capitol is unsafe as expected armed protest looms
W/O metal detectors, the law enf agencies charged with security are virtually helpless to prevent such an incident. The Michigan AG alluded Friday that the lack of metal detectors may be due to beliefs that they “infringe” upon people’s rights. “The Capitol is not safe.”Just after the insurrection in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, Michigan’s Capitol Building was closed due to a threat. pic.twitter.com/AgA7uJvl54 — Mallory McMorrow (@MalloryMcMorrow) January 7, 2021The Michigan State Capitol is once again closed due to an outside threat. — Darrin Camilleri (@darrincamilleri) January 7, 2021Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is urging everyone to avoid the Downtown area as expected protests loom this weekend.
DOJ, FBI share update on criminal charges related to deadly Capitol siege
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’Antuono discussed charges and arrests made in connection with the pro-Trump riot that shook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. On Friday, Jan. 8, the DOJ announced that more than 50 people had been charged in connection to the deadly siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week.
Detroit reporter describes differences between US Capitol riot, BLM protests
“I’m still trying to gather my thoughts about what I saw yesterday,” Lewis said Thursday. The reporter had the opportunity to witness two historic events in Washington: Lewis covered the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests during the summer of 2020. He says he was there on the streets covering the events after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May. Read: Race double standard clear in rioters’ Capitol insurrectionOver the summer, Lewis says officers dispersed BLM protesters in a matter of minutes. Related: Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol
Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol
Congresswoman Lawrence says, though it may be difficult for people to hear or even realize, the truth is that Capitol police would have responded differently Wednesday if the rioters Black instead of white. More: Race double standard clear in rioters’ Capitol insurrectionLawrence was among the many lawmakers inside the U.S. Capitol when the pro-Trump extremists stormed the building on Wednesday. Many are wondering why police had such a heavy presence amid largely peaceful BLM protests, but were hardly present amid such a violent riot Jan. 6. He also agrees there are major differences in the treatment of white and Black demonstrators by law enforcement. Congresswoman Lawrence says hearings will take place regarding what happened in Washington on Jan. 6 and the lack of security at the Capitol.
Twitter, Facebook lock Trump’s accounts after he responds to Capitol chaos with more false election claims
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Twitter is threatening to permanently suspend President Trump’s account after they removed posts he made addressing the pro-Trump rioters who stormed Capitol buildings in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. In the video, Trump urged his supporters who were rioting in D.C. to “go home in peace,” but his message didn’t stop there. President Trump did not win the 2020 election, and President-elect Biden will be sworn into office on Jan. 20. Twitter is demanding that Trump remove tweets violating their policy within the 12-hour lockdown, or else they will permanently suspend his Twitter account. Later Wednesday evening, Facebook -- which also owns Instagram -- similarly announced that they will also lock President Trump’s account for 24 hours.