U.S. Attorney Western District of Missouri Tim Garrison

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri issued a statement today, Jan. 18, asking for the public’s help in reporting suspicious activities that may lead to potential violent counter protests or actions regarding President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration. U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison says he’s not concerned with peaceful protests, but for potential plans for violent acts to harm or threaten others. He urges citizens to be vigilant “against those who undermine our democratic ideals by engaging in criminal violence.”

“Those who cross the line from exercising their rights to violating the law will be held accountable for their actions and prosecuted accordingly. Political disagreement is not a license to engage in domestic terrorism, to commit acts of violence, to harm or threaten others, to illegally trespass, or to break the law in any way,” he writes.

Those who may suspect real or potential threats are asked to 1-800-CALL-FBI or go online to http://tips.fbi.gov.