Officials: No credible threats of violence in Charleston

CHARLESTON — No credible threats of violence exist at this time against activities of the Legislature and the inauguration in Charleston, the deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday.

“Right now to say that we have no credible threats in our region doesn’t mean we are not remaining vigilant,” Thom Kirk said. “In fact, just the opposite. We’re trying to do like the governor says, we’re trying to keep the people of the state, the property of the state safe and secure as we can.”

Kirk spoke during Wednesday’s pandemic update by Gov. Jim Justice.

Inauguration ceremonies will be held 1 p.m. Jan. 22, it was announced Wednesday, the opening day of the Legislature, on the floor of the House of Delegates.

Nationally, the FBI, in the wake of the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington by a pro-Trump mob, warned of threats of violence at all state capitols through next week.

“We need to watch and protect our legislators and we want a good solid inauguration,” Justice said.

Festivities will be held in the back of the Capitol.

“We’ll just do it in a lot, lot, lot smaller and a lot different ways than we’ve done in the past and everything,” Justice said.

“And we’ll abide by the guidelines and hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate a very peaceful inauguration.”

The governor’s office and Homeland Security Secretary Jeff Sandy are briefed daily, Kirk said.

“We continue to watch this and continue to (inform) the governor and his staff,” he said.


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