Photos: Security measures heightened at U.S. and state capitols ahead of possible protests

ational Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them.
National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

An FBI warning of possible armed protests at all 50 state capitols starting Saturday through President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday has led to heightened security measures at statehouses throughout the nation.

States that include Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Washington have activated their National Guards to strengthen security. National guardsmen also have taken up posts inside the U.S. Capitol.

Washington, D.C.

 Barricades are placed on a street in downtown Washington DC.
Barricades are placed on a street in downtown Washington DC on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)
A security checkpoint, seen on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.
A security checkpoint in Washington, DC. early Saturday morning.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)
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 Barbed wire is seen atop security fencing, with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building Saturday.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

California

UCR masters student Christian Alvarado, 25, stands with an American flag in front of capitol.
UCR masters student Christian Alvarado, 25, of Sacramento stands with an American flag in solidarity with police and legislators in front of the state Capitol in Sacramento, CA. CHP officers guard the perimeter of the Capitol grounds in anticipation of civil unrest this weekend.
(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
 National Guard patrol California State Capitol Park, adjacent to Capitol, Saturday.
National Guard patrol California State Capitol Park, adjacent to Capitol, as families enjoy the outdoors on a sunny Saturday afternoonn Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 in Sacramento, CA.
(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
 France Driscoll holding an American flag and rosary  in front of state Capitol in Sacramento Saturday.
France Driscoll holding an American flag and rosary while praying for the Constitution and U.S. citizens in front of state Capitol in Sacramento Saturday, January 16, 2020.
(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Pennsylvania

A member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police guards the entrance to the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.
A member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police guards the entrance to the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.
(Jose F. Moreno/Associated Press)

Ohio

Two Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers look out from the Ohio Statehouse roof in Columbus.
Two Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers look out from the Ohio Statehouse roof in Columbus.
(Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch)
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Kansas

A person walks across the Statehouse grounds in Topeka, Kan.
A person walks across the Statehouse grounds in Topeka, Kan. Access to the Statehouse is restricted from 5 p.m. Friday until Jan. 22 because of the possibility of armed protests.
(Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)

Georgia

Georgia State Patrol guard walks on the steps outside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta.
Georgia State Patrol guard walks outside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta.
(John Bazemore/Associated Press)

Michigan

A worker boards up the George Romney State Office Building in Lansing, Mich., and yellow caution tape surrounds it.
A worker boards up the George Romney State Office Building in Lansing, Mich., in preparation for potential protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office is in the building.
(Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal )

Wisconsin

Workers set up a vehicle barricade on one side of the Capitol in Madison, Wis.
Under the supervision of a Capitol Police sergeant, workers set up a vehicle barricade on the East Washington Avenue side of the Capitol in Madison, Wis.
(Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel )

Illinois

Parking spots around the perimeter of the Illinois State Capitol have been blocked off for possible protests.
The parking spots around the perimeter of the Illinois State Capitol and the entire Capitol Complex have been blocked off in preparation for possible protests in Springfield, Ill.
(Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register )

Washington

Rickie Day stands outside a perimeter fence at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. National Guard members and police stand inside.
Rickie Day, of Pacific Beach, Wash., stands outside a perimeter fence secured by Washington National Guard and Washington State Patrol members near the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Day said he came to Olympia on Wednesday to protest against “government corruption.”
(Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

Colorado

A cyclist passes by Colorado's State Capitol building in Denver.
A cyclist passes by Colorado’s State Capitol as security measures are put in place to protect against any breaches during weekend protests planned outside the building in Denver.
(David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

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