KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri National Guard is in Washington, D.C., to assist with security efforts as threats of potential armed protests circulated this week.
The FBI released a memo saying protests could happen at all 50 state capitols beginning Jan. 16. and running through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.
After the riot at the U.S. Capitol, the head of the National Guard said at least 15,000 troops would be in D.C. by Saturday.
The Missouri National Guard confirmed to 41 Action News the Missouri troops' presence at the U.S. Capitol but could not provide a specific number of members deployed there.
At the direction of Governor Parson, the Missouri National Guard is providing assistance to the D.C. National Guard, where they will support civilian law enforcement agencies with security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety to district and federal agencies through the presidential inauguration. These National Guard professionals remain under the control of the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard and will conduct their duties under Title 32, 502 (f) orders and adhere to DC law. Civilian law enforcement officers are responsible for the safety and security of all personnel. The Missouri National Guard will provide assistance as requested. The Missouri National Guard is well trained and equipped for this mission and previously provided like assistance in DC in June of 2020.
41 Action News also reached to the Kansas National Guard, which said it would not be deploying troops to D.C.