GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — In advance of anticipated demonstrations at the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Sunday, the Michigan State Police (MSP) has increased both personnel and protective measures, and is working in coordination with local and county law enforcement, the Michigan National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor issued a statement on Saturday urging people to stay away from Lansing.
"In light of expected demonstrations at the Capitol Building this Sunday, I urge everyone to avoid coming to the Capitol and surrounding area. Downtown Lansing residents should consider planning ahead to stay inside and avoid this demonstration. Downtown is a vibrant neighborhood and residents and businesses there should feel confident knowing that the Lansing Police Department is working closely with the Michigan State Police, Ingham County Sheriff's Department and other police agencies to ensure these planned events remain peaceful."
Mayor Schor continued by asking residents and those who live in the Lansing area to stay out of the downtown area and to not engage with demonstrators who come to the city with ill intentions.
"While the next few days will be even more challenging for Lansing, please consider supporting our downtown businesses in the coming weeks by shopping or visiting your favorite restaurants," Mayor Andy Schor said. "I know these small businesses would truly appreciate your support."
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