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Stitt activates Oklahoma National Guard to aid local law enforcement at State Capitol

Oklahoma State Legislature
Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 15:09:18-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Kevin Stitt activated over 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard to the State Capitol to aid local law enforcement should any protest become violent.

Guard members will be activated from Saturday, Jan. 16th to Thursday, Jan. 21st. At this time, officials said there are no credible or specific threat being identified in Oklahoma. The increase in safety measures is in response to "intelligence shared by federal law enforcement regarding state capitol buildings across the country."

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"I support the right for Oklahomans to peacefully demonstrate, but we will not tolerate violence or damage to property," said Gov. Stitt. "At the request of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the National Guard has been authorized to provide support as needed. These hardworking Oklahomans are our friends and neighbors who step up in times of need. Any violence and damage to property goes against the Oklahoma Standard and is a distraction designed to keep us from uniting together."

This comes after the Oklahoma National Guard announced they are sending approximately 400 Oklahoma National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to Washington, D.C. to support the 59th presidential inauguration.

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