Savannah public safety monitoring possibility of civil unrest ahead of inauguration

Savannah public safety monitoring possibility of civil unrest ahead of inauguration

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The FBI is issuing a warning of the potential for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington D.C. leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The warning has other cities on alert, too, monitoring any possibility of civil unrest, including in Savannah.

Mayor Van Johnson said he planned on going to the nation’s capital for the presidential inauguration, but now that trip is canceled.

“As much as I would like to be there, it’s probably just best for me to stay home. Locally, we have our own challenges, and so we’re also going to keep our eyes on what’s happening here in Savannah,” said the mayor.

Mayor Johnson said while he believes Savannahians will do the right thing, each of the city’s public safety departments have plans in place should we see any civil unrest.

“We plan for these things, before these things happen. So we have some well-documented plans for how to deal with a variety of issues related to public unrest. And so again, this is just not only us, but our state and National partners. And we’ll be prepared to deal with the eventualities that will come.”

During last weeks violence in D.C., Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter tweeted saying his department was actively monitoring the situation, and at that point there were no known threats to the Savannah area. Chief Minter added they do have a team ready to activate if needed to ensure the safety of citizens.

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