“I want to assure everyone from legislators, staff, visitors and the general public on down that the Department of Public Safety, the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia National Guard take the safety and security of the Capitol and the people here very seriously,” said Kemp, who was flanked by Maj. Gen. Thomas Carden Jr., Georgia’s adjutant general, and Col. Chris Wright, Georgia’s Department of Public Safety commissioner.
“Given the disgraceful, unamerican acts we saw last week in Washington, these gentlemen and their teams are fully prepared to deal with anything and everything that may happen in the days and weeks ahead.”
Kemp added: “Lawbreaking like we saw last week will not be tolerated here. Period.”
The threat level Georgia’s Capitol is facing is “very low,” Kemp said. “But we are taking nothing for granted,” he said. “I think you can see what happens when you do that, looking back to last week.”
State authorities are monitoring intelligence and updating their security plans accordingly, Wright said, adding they “are well prepared to handle anything that may come in our direction.”
“We certainly respect everyone’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest, as the governor said,” Wright said. “But we will not tolerate unlawful or violent behavior in this state.”