R.I. State Police speak out on National Guard activated

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Governor Gina Raimondo activated the Rhode Island National Guard this week, “out of an abundance of caution.”

Drivers passing the State House are likely to see State Police vehicles and Humvees.

While State Police have said there are no credible threats of violence, Col. James Manni said anyone looking to cause trouble should think twice.

“I think the State Police and National Guard are a major deterrent towards anyone who would think of coming to the State House and the Providence metropolitan area,” Col. Manni said. ”

Col. Manni would not go into too many details, but he said there are National Guard members and State Police both inside and outside the State House.

Some state lawmakers said it may not stay this quiet as we get closer to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday.

“Even though there might not be any credible threats, I don’t feel positive in that,” Rep. Julie Casimiro said. “I think that there might be some threats coming up and I know other legislators I’ve talked to have also felt that way.”

State lawmakers will not be in session on Inauguration Day. However, lawmakers have not been meeting at the State House anyway, due to the pandemic.

Col. Manni would not say how long State Police and the National Guard would be at the State House.


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