FBI Indianapolis
Public Affairs Specialist Chris Bavender
(317) 430-4140
January 15, 2021

FBI Indianapolis and Partners Prepared for State Capitol Protests

Importance of Safe and Peaceful Assemblies Stressed

INDIANAPOLIS—The FBI Indianapolis Field Office and our law enforcement partners are aware of a report indicating there may be protests at state capitols this weekend and leading up to the inauguration on January 20. There has not been any specific and substantiated threat to the Indiana state capitol or other government buildings in the state. Through a collaborative effort of federal, state, and local public safety agencies, the FBI and our partner agencies will continually monitor for potential security concerns and provide timely notification should this change.

All agencies remain steadfast in our mission to protect our citizens and respect those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights, including the right to peacefully protest. Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property. 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 and our partners take all threats seriously and fully investigates each threat that comes into either our National Threat Operations Center, our local FBI field office, or from partner agencies.

Citizens are urged to report suspicious and/or suspected criminal activity by utilizing:

  • 911 for life threatening emergencies
  • FBI Indianapolis at 317.595.4000 / 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov

The FBI and our partners are committed to investigating violent behavior and holding those who violate the law responsible. The FBI continues to remain steadfast in our mission to protect the American people and uphold the U.S. Constitution. We will continue to coordinate with our law enforcement partners to protect all of our communities.

As indicated nationwide, citizens with information on the incident that occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week or upcoming protests can notify the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or at fbi.gov/USCapitol.