Gov. Cooper mobilizes National Guard in preparation of inauguration protests

As Inauguration Day draws near on Jan. 20, security is amping up in DC and capital cities nationwide after threats have risen in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s insurrection on the Capitol. As such, Gov. Cooper has instructed 550 service members from the N.C. National Guard to assist with security.

Cooper mobilized 350 in the state, to be posted up this weekend to help authorities protect residents and property in the event of protests. Cooper will send 200 to assist in DC; the guard will be deployed up to eight days.

North Carolina is one of many states providing personnel to assist in large-scale protests planned in DC. The guard will not serve as front-line law enforcement, but will provide site security, set up checkpoints and protect infrastructure. 

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