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Lansing mayor urges 'everyone to avoid coming to the Capitol and surrounding area'

Posted at 12:43 PM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 12:59:59-05

LANSING, Mich. — The city of Lansing's chief executive wants everybody to just stay away from the state's capital city this weekend.

Lansing mayor Andy Schor posted the following Tweet at 11:28 a.m. Saturday:

"In light of expected demonstrations at the Capitol Building this Sunday, I urge everyone to avoid coming to the Capitol and surrounding area."

A spokesman with Airbnb also issued the following statement on Lansing reservations for this weekend and next week:

"Due to increased law enforcement and safety concerns, we are reviewing recently booked reservations in Lansing set to take place during Inauguration week. If we confirm that guests are associated with a violent hate group or otherwise not allowed on our platform for violating certain community policies prohibiting violence or engaging in criminal activity, we will cancel those reservations and ban them from Airbnb. We are in contact with Governor Whitmer's team, Mayor Schor and Chief Daryl Green about this plan, and if appropriate, we may bring information to the attention of local law enforcement."

Mayor Schor responded by saying: "I appreciate Airbnb’s partnership in helping to keep the City of Lansing safe amid expected demonstrations at the Capitol Building leading up to Inauguration Day. Their work could help deter visitors who are planning to come to Lansing with ill intentions. Airbnb has always been a fantastic partner with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and this effort continues to demonstrate their civic mindedness and high standards of quality."

Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green responded by saying: “The Lansing Police Department is appreciative for the assistance Airbnb is offering to help with potential future criminal investigations related to hate crimes here in Lansing."