CMPD sending officers to Washington to help with inauguration security

CMPD sending officers to Washington, D.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV/AP) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is sending officers to Washington, D.C. to help with security surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, CMPD’s Rob Tufano confirmed.

Sources say the department is sending 90 CMPD officers but Tufano wouldn’t confirm that number. CMPD will be assisting with activities related to the inauguration, but Tufano would not elaborate.

The inauguration will be held on the same risers in the same spot at the U.S. Capitol where a violent, pro-Trump mob descended last week. U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Plati is leading the inauguration security, and he says the two events aren’t comparable from a security standpoint.

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The theme for the event will be “America United,” an issue that’s long been a central focus for Biden but one that’s taken on added weight following last Wednesday’s insurrection. Biden himself hasn’t expressed concern about his own personal security at the inauguration.

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