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WMU Cooley associate dean predicts inauguration security will be 'easier' than past years

Posted at 2:09 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 14:09:30-05

WASHINGTON — Michael McDaniel, associate dean at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, says in many ways security will be easier during Biden and Harris’ inauguration Wednesday.

That’s because the crowd will be so much smaller than in past years and there won’t be the usual extensive list of events – like multiple balls and parties – Wednesday night.

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But the events of Jan. 6, when rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol, are still on many people’s minds.

“What we’re going to expect is perhaps a longer-lasting security presence, even if it is lower-key than before,” McDaniel said.

He says it’s also important to consider the restrictions on Washington, D.C.’s public transportation systems, which will make it almost impossible for individuals to get near the area surrounding the inauguration events.

See the full interview in the video player above.

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