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FBI says no ‘specific and substantiated’ threats to Arizona Capitol

Fencing surrounds the Arizona State Capitol on the first day of the legislative session on Jan. 11, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX – The FBI said Thursday there are no “specific and substantiated” threats to the Arizona Capitol or other government buildings in the Phoenix area.

The agency’s Phoenix office said in a press release it was working with local law enforcement partners to monitor threats ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday.

“FBI Phoenix is aware of a report over the weekend indicating there may be protests at state capitols leading up to the Inauguration on January 20th,” the release said. “At this point in time, the FBI has not received any specific and substantiated threat to the Arizona state Capitol or other government buildings in our area.”

The agency said it is focusing efforts on potential violence and property damage, not people planning peaceful demonstrations that are protected under the First Amendment.

FBI Phoenix works regularly with more than 35 Arizona law enforcement agencies a part of a Joint Terrorism Task Force, including city police departments, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

In the wake of last week’s violent incursion of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, and with the Arizona Legislature starting its new session this week, DPS has beefed up security around the state Capitol, including the addition of fences.

“We can’t discuss further security measures but are always monitoring situations locally and nationally,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email earlier this week.

Anybody with tips about potential violence at upcoming area protests or events was asked to call 623-466-1999 or submit a tip at tips.fbi.gov.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Peter Samore contributed to this report.

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