Quiet at the Mississippi Capitol: Legislators return to work Monday, a day after no protest

The Capitol building in Jackson was quiet Monday, a day after warnings of potential armed protests across the country. Few such  protests, however, materialized.

Some parking spaces were filled as lawmakers returned to the Capitol on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which also is the Legislature’s deadline to introduce general bills and constitutional amendments.

A few Capitol Police vehicles were visible around the Capitol, but the police presence was far less than it had been Sunday.

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No law enforcement presence was visible at other state and federal buildings in Jackson. A construction crew was seen on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion early Monday.

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On Sunday, Capitol Police, Mississippi Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies were keeping watch over the area surrounding the Capitol, but other than a few sightseers and a counterprotester, the security forces watched journalists who were watching them.

Last week, Gov. Tate Reeves ordered the state’s National Guard to Washington, D.C., in preparation for the presidential inauguration. Reeves said he is also in contact with the guard if things get out of control in Mississippi.

“We are prepared. We will be prepared,” Reeves said at a press conference Tuesday

About 100 guardsmen from the 114th Military Police Company headquartered in Clinton deployed Friday. 

U.S. Capitol briefly locked down Monday

The U.S. Capitol complex was briefly locked down and an inaugural rehearsal at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol was evacuated Monday after a fire in a homeless encampment, authorities said.

“Out of an abundance of caution the U.S. Capitol complex was temporarily shut down,” the Secret Service said on Twitter. “There is no threat to the public.”

President-elect Joe Biden was not at the rehearsal.

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