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Missouri Capitol Police report ‘peaceful’ protest in Jefferson City, prepared for any unrest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

As protests erupt across the country rallying against the outcome of the Presidental election, the Missouri Capitol Police report that the demonstration in Jefferson City was peaceful.

Chief of Capitol Police Zim Schwartze said they had the ability to speak with organizers and make sure their permits were in line ahead of the protest.

"We were able to work and put plans in place like we always do for every event that is coming here to the capitol regardless of what the issue is and what they are protesting or rallying for," Schwartze said.

She said Capitol police did alert their law enforcement agency partners about what was planned for the day.

Schwartze said they monitor what is going on nationally daily, and are monitoring how the protests at the U.S. Capitol could impact Missouri's Capitol.

"Our mission with the Missouri Capitol Police remains that we are here for the safety of the people and the safety of the building," Schwartze said. "We will continue to do that in addition to monitoring what is happening across the country and adjusting if e need to base on what is occurring."

She said in the event things were to become violent, officers are trained and ready to respond to any stituation.

"Yout have to remember that we have 100s of events each year, very different types of rallies and protests," Schwartze said. "They are trained to know what to do and when to do it work with everyone in our area."

Check back for more and watch ABC17 News for the latest from the State Capitol.

Connor Hirsch

Connor Hirsch reports for the weekday night shows, as well as Sunday nights.

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