INDIANAPOLIS –Governor Eric Holcomb says the state government complex in Indianapolis will be closed “out of an abundance of caution” next Tuesday and Wednesday “in light of recent national events, threats to other state capitols and COVID restrictions.”
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Holcomb said there are no credible threats against the Statehouse.
Should protests happen in Indiana in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the FBI says it and its law enforcement partners are prepared.
The FBI Indianapolis office acknowledged Friday reports of protests at state capitols this weekend and in the days leading up to Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.
However, FBI Indianapolis said it is not aware of any “specific and substantiated threats” to the state capitol or other government buildings in Indiana.
“There has not been any specific and substantiated threat to the Indiana state capitol or other government buildings in the state. Through a collaborative effort of federal, state, and local public safety agencies, the FBI and our partner agencies will continually monitor for potential security concerns and provide timely notification should this change.”
FBI Indianapolis said it and its law enforcement partners remain “steadfast in our mission to protect our citizens and respect those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights, including the right to peacefully protest.”
“Our focus is not on peaceful protesters but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property. Criminal activity, the destruction of property, and the intentional incitement of violence to prevent others from peacefully expressing their First Amendment rights will not be tolerated.”
The office said it will continue to coordinate with law enforcement partners to protect the community.
Anyone with information on last week’s events at the U.S. Capitol Building can notify the FBI by phone at 1-800-CALL-FBI or via an online form.