6-foot fence to be installed in front of Michigan Capitol


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — A 6-foot fence will be set up in front of the Capitol building Friday in preparation for protests expected ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Michigan State Capitol Commission Vice Chair John Truscott told WLNS, WOOD TV8’s Lansing sister station, on Tuesday night that Michigan State Police worked with Capitol staff on safety measures that should be taken in the event of demonstrations.

The fence will be placed in front of the building, as there is already construction fencing in the back.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor announced he sent an official request to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking her to call on the Michigan National Guard ahead of the planned armed protest in the event of violence.

Michigan State Police and Lansing police began increasing their visible presence in the downtown area Monday and plan to continue to do so through Inauguration Day.

Earlier this week, the Capitol Commission banned open carry of guns in the building.

A new sign in the Michigan Capitol Building states that open carry is banned. (Jan. 13, 2021)

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