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Lansing council president wants National Guard deployed to Capitol ahead of planned protests

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 12:13:17-05

(WXYZ) — Lansing City Council President Peter Spadafore has sent a letter requesting the Michigan National Guard be sent to Lansing ahead of planned protests at the State Capitol.

Spadafore sent the letter to Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, asking him to request Whitmer to deploy the National Guard.

It comes just one day after the FBI warned of possible armed protests across the United States at all 50 state capitols.

The group has reportedly warned that if Congress attempts to remove President Donald Trump from office via the 25th Amendment, “a huge uprising will occur.”

"Our law enforcement officials and other first responders, on the whole, have met these visitors without many incidents and these demonstrations have remained largely peaceful and respectful of our home," Spadafore said. "But after the horrific events we all saw unfold in our nation's capital last week, we must be prepared for the worst."

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor says while he hopes protests remain peaceful, it is necessary to prepare for the worst case scenario after the events witnessed at the U.S. Capitol last week.

"Lansing is the Capital City, and I am a firm believer in the First Amendment right to protest at our state Capitol," says Schor. "But let me be clear: this does not mean that anyone has a right to incite violence or destruction in Lansing’s downtown."