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Indiana Preparing For Armed Protests Ahead Of Biden Inauguration

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IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana is prepared ahead of potential protests this weekend stemming from last week’s insurrection in Washington, D.C.

The FBI is warning of armed protests in all 50 state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Holcomb said the state will ensure a “peaceful expression of opinions.”

“We will be not just prepared but ready to do everything that we need to be doing to maintain law and order,” Holcomb said.

State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said it’s “all hands on deck.”

“We have a very strong relationship with the Indiana National Guard, with the Department of Homeland Security – both at the state level and at the federal level – federal agencies," Carter said. "Many, many meetings have occurred with the IMPD, with our intelligence folks and I think we’re well-positioned.”

Carter said Indiana has not received any specific threats related to the protests.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.