Indiana Guard Troops go to DC for safety

Indiana National Guard

(AP) – Approximately 600 National Guard soldiers are being dispatched to Washington, DC to help with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week.

officials said Wednesday they would also monitor possible armed protests but have not yet had any threats of violence in locations in Indiana.

Governor Eric Holcomb said he authorized 625 Guard soldiers to go to Washington from Saturday to two days after Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Up to 15,000 guards are expected to be deployed in Washington in the coming days as authorities are concerned about threats of violence following the Capitol uprising last week.

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Indiana State superintendent Doug Carter said he would not discuss details of security measures, but the department is preparing with other agencies, including the National Guard and Indianapolis Police Department.

“Right now, however, we don’t have any direct information about that might occur in Indiana, but you know that could change in the next 60 seconds,” Carter said.

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