Michigan State Police tighten security at Capitol ahead of inauguration

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 17:42:55-05

LANSING, Mich. — The Capitol was quiet Tuesday, but Michigan State Police are still on alert as they prepare for Wednesday’s inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden.

“We don’t know what we’re expecting to see tomorrow, but we’ve increased our law enforcement presence since Jan. 11, and we’re going to continue to do that tomorrow,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Oleksyk.

Sunday’s protest in support of President Donald Trump drew a tiny crowd, and no arrests were made that day. Still, Oleksyk warned the public what to avoid doing if they choose to gather at the Capitol Wednesday.

“If you come here to express your constitutional rights, we ask that you behave," he said. "We don’t want you to commit any type of violence, crime or destruction of property. That will not be tolerated here at our Capitol."

Michigan State Police will remain at the Capitol for the next two weeks.