More Than 100 Charlotte Officers Heading To Nation’s Capital Ahead Of Inauguration Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Security tightened. Law enforcement is on alert for possible armed protests in Washington, D.C., and at state capitols across the country leading up to Inauguration Day. More than 100 officers from Charlotte will travel to D.C. Monday. They will join thousands of others from across the country that will help with security for the Inauguration.
90 CMPD officers and 40 Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputies will travel to the nation’s capital on Monday.
“When they first called us it was a no brainer, we said yes, and we decided to send 40 people, but when January 6 came, I had to question that, and I still question it, I still question can my officers be in a safe space,” says Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden.
McFadden continues to ponder as he reflects on the horrific images of hundreds of rioters storming the Capitol Building just 9 days ago.
“I had to have a conversation with them, and they feel good about it, but as a sheriff and a leader I’m still kind of reluctant because I need more details and I need more details and more details for my own safe peace of mind,” says McFadden.
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating other possible attacks that could happen in the days leading up to the Inauguration.
“There’s also conversations about state capitols. No particular state capitol is mentioned or identified. Just this evaluated online chatter that indicates a higher level of tension right now,” says Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
There is a strong security presence surrounding Capitol Hill, armed guards are standing watch, there’s fencing around the Capitol Building, and several streets are blocked off.