THP takes precautions to protect Tenn. Capitol during protests

THP takes precautions to protect Tenn. Capitol during protests
This Jan. 8, 2020, photo shows the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Source: Mark Humphrey)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC/WSMV) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to take precautions to ensure the Tennessee State Capitol is safe before the protests scheduled this week.

“We are aware of the events scheduled this week and are taking precautions to ensure the Capitol is safe. I can’t discuss what security measures we are or aren’t taking right now,” a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security told our Nashville affiliate WSMV.

Metro Police Chief John Drake said in a letter on Monday to Metro Council members that Metro Police was aware of three protests scheduled to originate from the State Capitol.

A possible protest Sunday morning, named the Tennessee Freedom Event, is connected to a call for rallies at every state capitol in the nation. A pro-Trump rally is also scheduled for Jan. 20.

The first of the three rallies occurred on Tuesday.

Drake said there is no indication of an imminent threat of violence or danger. Police will be monitoring each event.

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