Massachusetts State Police Ramp Up Presence Amid FBI Warning


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts State Police are making their presence known, after receiving a bulletin from the FBI on Monday warning of potential armed protests being planned across the country.

According to a statement, State Police say there are no known threats made against the State House, nor at any other location in the commonwealth, but officers are continuing to monitor any new information regional and national agencies.

"The Massachusetts State Police are aware of many general statements that have been made online regarding potential protest activity, including one posting calling for “peaceful armed protest” in all 50 state capitols that was the basis for an FBI bulletin," the statement read. "We are in contact with the FBI continue to share information through our Fusion Center with federal, state, and local partners. We will continue to monitor all available intelligence over the coming days, will be prepared for any contingencies, and will adjust our security operations accordingly."

Police added that the State House is protected by a "rigorous, multi-layered" security system, and they are prepared to "protect the rights of freedom of assembly," provided that the groups involved abide by the law, and respect the safety of others.

After the riots and breach of the U.S. Captiol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said the state is aware of the need to ensure the safety of the State House and those who work inside it, and they will assess and adjust security needs as necessary.

The FBI also said they do not have any intelligence indicating any planned armed protests at the other state capitols in the region, including Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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