Law enforcement agencies are preparing for an armed protest at New Jersey’s capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said.
“Our police department is working at this moment with the N.J. State Police, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office as part of a coordinated plan to ensure our safety if any protesters stray beyond the First Amendment right to peaceful protest,” he said.
The concerns follow a flyer circulated on Parler, a defunct alternative social media site favored by white supremacists banned from mainstream platforms because of its lax enforcement of hate speech rules, in the aftermath of an attack on the U.S. Capitol carried out by supporters of President Donald Trump.
The FBI has warned law enforcement in all 50 states about the possibility of armed protests at state capitols.
“Our sacred institutions — including the ones right here in Trenton — have stood the test of time through multiple generations,” said Gusciora, a former assemblyman. “Nothing is going to change that, even these recent threats against our capitol buildings.”