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Sheriffs call for calm, urge people to stay home following reports of state capital protests

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Workers board up windows at the state Capitol in Madison in anticipation of protests ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguraiton.

MADISON (WKOW) -- As law enforcement officials prepare for possible protests at state capitals nationwide ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration of Joe Biden, the state Sheriff's Association is calling for calm.

In an open letter published Jan. 14, the Badger State Sheriffs' Association. emphasized they weren't telling people what to do, but people should be, "mindful that you may not know who you are standing next to during a protest."

"For that reason, you may want to stay home. Those persons may take actions that may put you in a difficult position," read the statement.

“Please remember that we, as law enforcement have a sworn duty to enforce the law. If you step outside of the law, there will be consequences; however, we will also protect everyone’s constitutional rights,” read the letter, signed by Grant County Sheriff Dreckman, president of the Badger State Sheriffs' Association.

The FBI has warned of attempts to organize "armed protests" in all 50 state capitals and Washington D.C. around the inauguration.

Concerns of violence have grown since a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, in an insurrection to stop Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election.

President Donald Trump put out a video Wednesday evening, calling for an end to violence and a calming of tensions.

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