Ohio leaders prepare security ahead of Inauguration Day

Ohio National Guard being deployed
Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 10:24 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As the FBI warns of armed protests in all 50 states leading up to Inauguration Day, Ohio leaders say they’re concerned about security.

Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday he’s activating 580 members of the National Guard to train to be on standby if needed in Columbus or other cities.

DeWine says he’s worried as the country learns more about the rioters involved in storming the Capitol on January 6th.

“What’s coming out as to who some of these people were and how well-prepared they were, it’s something that every American should be concerned about,” Gov. DeWine.

DeWine says he’s had conversations with mayors across the state, should they need additional support.

He added, “They know that if they need National Guard somewhere else, in their city, we will send National Guard.”

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says he has always been in talks with local law enforcement about security measures in place.

“Is the city of Cleveland prepared? I can tell you that I’ve had this conversation with the safety department, and they are on top of it in terms of looking at the chatter that’s going on,” said Mayor Jackson.

In a statement to 19 News Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Ohio National Guard offered clarification to DeWine’s announcement:

“To clarify the information from this afternoon’s news conference (the Governor was initially given incorrect information), there will an additional activation of approximately 200 Guard members deployed in a federal status to Washington D.C. to support civil authorities with security-related missions throughout the presidential inauguration. The scope and duration of their support will be determined by the U.S. Secret Service, the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing security for the presidential inauguration.”

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