BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Law enforcement agencies nationwide are on alert following a warning from the FBI that "armed protests" are being planned at all 50 state capitols.
Locally, the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office said they've received no reports of any intelligence that would suggest a smaller event would happen here but they're ready.
Sgt. Robert Pair of the BPD told 23ABC Tuesday morning that "as has been our stance throughout last year's protests and moving forward into 2021 we will do everything we can to facilitate and protect 1st Amendment activity. However, criminal law violations will not be tolerated."
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said it is aware of the current dynamics across the country and is monitoring the ongoing situation locally. KCSO said it will respond appropriately, as needed.