Kitchener Police Beefing Up Patrols Around City In Anticipation Of Possible Protests Following Violent U.S. Capitol Breach – CBS Kitchener
kitchener (CBS) – In response to violent protests and the lockdown of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC, Kitchener police told Eyewitness News that they increased patrols in key locations around the city around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. They say residents will see an obvious police presence across the city.
Officials said they made plans on Monday in anticipation of possible protests.
The city has activated the emergency response center and there are currently no specific threats according to a statement from the mayor’s office.
As planned on Monday, the Kitchener Police Department has increased resources at key locations in Center City, out of caution. @CBSKitchener pic.twitter.com/XIWqkbJabd
– Joe Holden (@ JoeHoldenCBS3) January 6, 2021
This is because angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at preventing a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to rush out of the building, and facing the challenges of victory to interrupt the electoral college of Joe Biden. Trump cautiously called for peace, but did not urge his supporters to leave.
The deliberations inside were still at an early stage when they were overcome by violent outdoor demonstrations as protesters clashing with police entered the building and shouted and waved Trump and American flags. They abruptly interrupted the proceedings in a runaway scene that contained eerie official warnings instructing people to duck under their seats and put on gas masks.
In a statement, Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey said: “This is an absolute shame. I appreciate the work of the United States Capitol Police in difficult circumstances. I am currently safe, as are the few employees currently in the Capitol complex. “
One person was shot and is in serious condition, according to CBS News. Five people were rushed to the hospital, according to CBS News.
Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a city-wide curfew at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Washington, DC.
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