BISMARCK — All was quiet at the North Dakota Capitol building throughout the Saturday and Sunday before the Wednesday, Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.
The FBI warned the Capitol building in Bismarck, along with the other state capitol buildings throughout the nation, could be targets for potential armed protests on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17 and in the days prior to the inauguration. The FBI warning came earlier this month shortly after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Officials warn that similar protests may be seen throughout the nation.
Few security guards were present at the North Dakota Capitol building on Saturday, but there was an increased security presence on Sunday in preparations for any protests or unrest. The North Dakota Highway Patrol oversees security on Capitol grounds.
"We just want to take precautions in case something does happen and we have contingency plans in place," Sgt. Wade Kadrmas told Forum News Service.
Kadrmas declined to say how many officers were present at the Capitol building on Sunday, but he said troopers would likely continue to be stationed at the Capitol throughout this coming week. Officers from the Bismarck and Mandan Police Departments are ready to assist if something does arise, Kadrmas said.
"We have plans in place to react to whatever possibly arises," Kadmras said.