(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.
Today I wrote a letter urging Mayor @AndySchor to work with law enforcement and other municipalities to ask Gov. Whitmer to deploy the Michigan National Guard to or city to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors as we prepare for armed protests at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/AF7VQHn87q— Peter Spadafore (@PeterSpadafore) January 12, 2021
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."