New Measures Implemented to Enhance Safety at Texas Capitol

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New Measures Implemented to Enhance Safety at Texas Capitol

Published on January 12, 2018 by Larry Crippen

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is implementing certain security measures at the Texas Capitol Complex and Capitol Grounds to enhance safety. These measures are aimed at preventing violent confrontations during protests and demonstrations; maintaining order; and protecting all Capitol visitors from injury or infringement of constitutional rights.

It has been observed that some individuals or groups seek violent confrontations during protests and equip themselves for physical combat. To ensure the safety and security of the general public and those who seek to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest, effective immediately, certain items may be prohibited from the Capitol Grounds unless worn or carried by a licensed peace officer

Any item manifestly designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of preparing a person to engage in physical combat may be prohibited. DPS listed things like firearms and other deadly weapons, alcohol, bricks, rocks, crowbars, improvised shields, pepper spray and other items

Additionally, citizens have a right to counter protest, but within the Capitol Complex, they must do so at a distance sufficient to avoid physical altercations.

DPS officers will maintain a right to exercise discretion regarding the items.

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