Republican leader seeks extra security for Kansas Statehouse in wake of riot in Washington

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Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

A top Republican says he’s asked for extra security at the Kansas Statehouse in the wake of last week’s mob violence in Washington.

The FBI warned Monday of potential armed protests in Washington and many states by Trump loyalists ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Jan. 20. And as the Kansas Legislature opens its 2021 session, Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. has asked for extra security from the Kansas Highway Patrol, which oversees the Kansas Capitol Police.

“We’re hopeful that things, people, remain calm and the democratic process can continue,” Ryckman said.

Several legislators said they have confidence in the Capitol Police’s ability to prevent a serious incident at the Statehouse. The Highway Patrol is under the control of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.

“Our office is aware of the heightened risks being reported, and we are taking all threats seriously,” said Kelly spokesperson Lauren Fitzgerald.


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