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Gov. Cooper mobilizes National Guard for security in NC & D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day

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FILE - Gov. Roy Cooper said many North Carolinians who are out of work are worried about the upcoming reduction in their unemployment benefits. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, File)

In the wake of the siege on the US. Capitol, Jan. 6, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has mobilized the state's National Guard in order to assist with security efforts in Washington D.C. and North Carolina ahead of Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.

According to the office of the governor, 550 total North Carolina National Guardsmen have been mobilized, including approximately 350 National Guard personnel reporting for duty in North Carolina and 200 National Guard personnel being sent to D.C.

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“Ongoing security concerns in Washington, DC and state capitals around the nation following last week’s attack on the US Capitol must be taken seriously, and I will deploy necessary resources to keep North Carolinians safe," Gov. Cooper said in a press release. "I have spoken with state and federal authorities and thank the men and women of the North Carolina National Guard for their continued service to our state and nation."

Beginning this weekend, personnel will be assisting local law enforcement in the state.

Additionally, at the request of federal authorities, personnel will be assisting civil authorities in Washington, D.C. for approximately seven to eight days.

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"This deployment is in addition to an already-planned 10-person joint communications team working to support the inauguration," Wednesday's release states. "This decision is based on threats of significant large-scale protests in D.C."

The governor's office adds that North Carolina is one of several states providing personnel to D.C. ahead of the presidential inauguration. Guardsmen will be providing site security, establishing checkpoints and protecting critical infrastructure.

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Following Wednesday's events, Governor Cooper called the attack on the Capitol "terrorism" and called for the removal of President Donald Trump.


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