California governor calls in National Guard to secure state Capitol

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomWhite House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director California to set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for areas most at risk Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief MORE (D) announced on Thursday that he would be heightening the security around the state Capitol, including deploying 1,000 National Guard members, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE.

In the statement, Newsom cited the deadly riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week as reason for his decision to ramp up security not only at the state capitol but also across the entire state of California.

“Our State Operations Center is actively working with federal, state and local law enforcement partners in assessing threats and sharing intelligence and information to ensure those disgraceful actions are not repeated here,” said Newsom.


Lawmakers have called into question how protesters were able to easily break into the Capitol despite law enforcement being aware of the event beforehand. Reports have come out that the FBI had nascent information that suggested the protest could become violent a day before it occurred.

The FBI on Monday warned that armed protests could occur at state Capitols in all 50 states as Biden's inauguration approaches. The bureau reportedly received information of a group calling for the “storming” of state, local and federal buildings if attempts are made to remove President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE from office before Biden's inauguration.

According to the statement from Newsom's office, the California Highway Patrol and Department of General Services have installed a 6-foot chain link fence around the state capitol.

"The Governor and his team are also coordinating closely with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the private sector – including social media companies – to make sure that their platforms are not used by hate groups or domestic terrorists to organize or spread misinformation, disinformation or propaganda," the statement read.