Newsom calls in National Guard to secure State Capitol

Members of the National Guard walk past the Dome of the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Updated: January 14, 2021 3:50pm

Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted a video Thursday afterrnoon of himself explaining the steps California is taking after the riots at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.

He explained the state is, “actively working with federal, state & local law enforcement to ensure those disgraceful actions are not repeated here.”

Newsom said he activated, “The National Guard to support the CHP to enhance security with an initial deployment of up to 1,000 guard members to protect critical state infrastructure in and around the state capitol,” in the pre-recorded video.

Newsom said California, “Will take every necessary measure to protect public safety and our Democratic principles and to ensure that those disgraceful actions are not repeated here.”

After the U.S. Capitol riots last Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to call on the National Guard to secure California’s State Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Newsom is expected to make the announcement Thursday afternoon, with the Guard arriving Friday, according to Ashely Zavala, a reporter for KRON4.

“I can assure you we have heightened, a heightened level of security as it relates to some concerns,” Newsom said in a press conference Monday.

Zavala shared footage of the fence surrounding the California State Capitol on Twitter.


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