After the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, law enforcement and elected officials are bracing for the potential of more violence across the United States.
Groups tracking right-wing extremist organizations have said preparations for more violence are underway, and the FBI was warning of possible armed protests at state capitol buildings beginning Jan. 17 and through the inauguration, an official with knowledge of a bulletin told USA TODAY.
The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said authorities also have been circulating a poster publicizing the events with the words, “When democracy is destroyed refused to be silenced.” The poster for Jan. 17 calls for “ARMED MARCH ON CAPITOL HILL & ALL STATE CAPITOLS.”
At least five people, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who was fatally shot by police, died Wednesday after a mob some are claiming was incited by President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol while Congress was meeting to certify the election results for President-elect Joe Biden. While President Trump did advise the protesters to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol to continue their protest, he did not instruct them to breach the building and cause harm or damages.