Heightened security likely at state capitol in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration

Security measures at the state capitol will be reviewed as tensions grow in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden.  After his own inauguration Monday, Governor Mike Parson said extra precautions will be taken, as fears spread that protests similar to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol could spread to states.  But Parson also said that he thinks Missouri is different from other states where unrest is widespread.  Parson did condiment the riot that left five people dead, saying it never should have happened.

“I believe in civil protest.  I believe people have the right to the First Amendment.  But what I don’t believe is, I don’t believe anybody, for any cause, has the right to commit crimes.

Parson sidestepped questions about whether Senator Josh Hawley should resign for continuing to object to the election results, even after the riot.