SALEM, Ore. – After reports of threats to state capitols across the country on inauguration day, the scene outside Oregon’s capitol building was calm.
Oregon State Police, Salem Police, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Oregon National Guard and other agencies were all prepared for the threat of violent protests, but they never materialized.
Throughout the afternoon Wednesday outside the capitol, there were more journalists than protesters. The two or three people who did hold signs and wave flags were supporters of President Joe Biden. Michael Miller, a Salem resident, was one of Biden’s supporters.
“It turned out to be a little bit of nothing. Well, a lot of nothing,” Miller said of the anticipated violence.
Andrew Kinow, a life-long Salem resident who was walking his dogs in front of the capitol, said he was glad the threats never materialized.
“The past couple protests we had here were a little more chaotic,” Kinow said. “I’m glad it’s not like that.”
Salem Police were seen patrolling the streets the capitol with regularity, but there was no sign of national guard troops who had been activated to quell any violent outbursts.
— Jacob Roberts (@JacobRobertsTV) January 20, 2021