INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) -- The FBI says they're working with local law enforcement agencies to prepare for protests at the state Capitol in Indianapolis and in other states.
A statement from FBI Indianapolis says "there has not been any specific and substantiated threat to the Indiana state capitol or other government buildings in the state" but they are aware of a report indicating there may be protests at state capitols leading up to the inauguration on Jan. 20.
The statement says all agencies are committed to protect and respect those who peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights to protest.
"Our focus is not on peaceful protesters but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and the destruction of property," the statement says. "Criminal activity, the destruction of property, and the intentional incitement of violence to prevent others from peacefully expressing their First Amendment rights will not be tolerated."
The FBI is asking everyone to report suspicious or criminal activity by calling 911 for life-threatening emergencies or contacting the FBI at (317) 595-4000; 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov.
The Fort Wayne Police Department said in a statement to FOX 55 that even though they do not expect any protests to occur in the city, they will still be prepared for anything, "We are aware of the security concerns in D.C. and perhaps at our State Capitol. At this time we are monitoring our own area but do not believe there will be anything here in the city. That doesn’t mean we are not prepared or that we are not taking matters seriously. We are preparing for any type of scenario but are hopeful that “if” anything happens within the City of Fort Wayne it will remain a peaceful [protest]."