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Law enforcement braces for more extremist violence in DC and around the US ahead of Inauguration Day

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Calls for new protests in Washington, DC, and states across the country have law enforcement bracing for more possible violence in the coming days after rioters stormed the US Capitol last week leaving five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

(CNN)Calls for new protests in Washington, DC, and states across the country have law enforcement bracing for more possible violence in the coming days after rioters stormed the US Capitol last week leaving five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

A Department of Homeland Security official told CNN that the breach of the Capitol will sharpen the response and planning for inauguration.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked for additional security measures with ten days to go before Inauguration Day as Wednesday's riot has set off a shockwave of concern among federal, state and local officials for more possible bloodshed over the outcome of the 2020 election that ousted President Donald Trump from office.

At the state level, security officials have been working closely with federal partners as they prepare for increasing online chatter calling for protests in all 50 states, plus Washington, DC, said one state law enforcement official with direct knowledge of conversations between federal and state partners.

In light of the week's events, Bowser asked the Trump administration for an emergency declaration for DC and called on the Department of Homeland Security to extend their preparations.

Experts warn that the calls for violence, which circulated ahead of Wednesday's siege of the Capitol, have intensified ahead of Inauguration Day. Twitter said it was tracking the latest plans for armed protests when it announced the permanent suspension of Trump's account on Friday.

In New Jersey, state homeland security officials are tracking planned events for both January 17 and January 20, as well as "several one-off protests that we're still determining credibility," said a New Jersey law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the state's security efforts.

"Some of the online rhetoric has called for protests at all 50 capitols plus DC," the official said.

"I think DC Is bracing for large scale protests and potential violence," the official said, adding that briefings state officials have received "have outlined a much larger scale prevention and response to minimize a recurrence of last Wednesday. "

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