Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom will be deploying 1,000 National Guard members to the state Capitol amongst other security precautions heading into President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In a statement released Thursday, Newsom cited the United States Capitol riots last week as the reasoning for his actions.
“In light of events in our nation’s capital last week, California is taking important steps to protect public safety at the State Capitol, and across the state” declared the statement from the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom. “Our State Operations Center is actively working with federal, state and local law enforcement partners in assessing threats and sharing intelligence and information to ensure those disgraceful actions are not repeated here” Newsom said.
On Monday, the FBI warned protests could occur at state Capitols around the country as we near the transition from President Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. “The bureau reportedly received information of a group calling for the ‘storming’ of state, local and federal buildings if attempts are made to remove President Trump from office before Biden’s inauguration” reported The Hill.
Heightened security measures being taken by Newsom include deploying 1,000 California National Guard personnel to protect critical infrastructure, including the state Capitol and a six-foot chain-link fence around the perimeter of the State Capitol to ensure the safety of the Capitol grounds.
Newsom’s statement also mentioned the involvement of social media in its security operations: “The Governor and his team are also coordinating closely with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the private sector – including social media companies – to make sure that their platforms are not used by hate groups or domestic terrorists to organize or spread misinformation disinformation or propaganda.”