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Capitol in Jefferson City now under 24-hour surveillance

The Missouri State Capitol is now under a 24-hour surveillance until further notice. Sources at the capitol told ABC 17 News said the Highway Patrol is there in advance of the NAACP protest march over Ferguson set to arrive later this week.

ABC 17 noticed troopers roaming the hallways of the capitol on Wednesday, which is not typical. We started asking employees throughout the capitol what was going on and noticed a trend.

A few people recalled the same story; that ever since Monday night they noticed troopers walking through the halls.

We’re told there are four to five troopers on duty during the day and four who stay through the night.

ABC 17 was also told this is in preparation for the NAACP on its way to Jefferson City this week.

One person said police in Jefferson City are worried about counter-protesting. One employee at the capitol said they have had several calls come into their office saying the protesters for the NAACP will be calling for the impeachment of Governor Nixon.

Sources told ABC 17 News the higher security is partly due to a few incidents at the capitol and governor’s mansion.

Some troopers said they expected the protestors to arrive sometime Thursday, but others are saying Friday around noon.

Police said protesters from the NAACP are supposed to be staying overnight in Jefferson City for at least one night.

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