Local Authorities Keeping a 'Watchful Eye' Following U.S. Capitol Chaos

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff says law enforcement will be keeping a very watchful eye in and around the community for the next few weeks following Wednesday's chaotic events on Capitol Hill.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 10:33 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 10:57 AM

Local authorities are turning their attention to security here at home following Wednesday's chaotic events at the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. 

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says that while they're not expecting any immediate threats to local government buildings, a plan is in place for credible threats or suspicious circumstances.

Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office

"As everyone has witnessed not only Wednesday but throughout the entire year of 2020, we've had a lot of civil unrest," explained Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding. "The Evansville Police Chief and I have had multiple conversations about working together to keep an eye on all of our buildings downtown... The Civic Center, the Old Courthouse."

Link: The FBI and DC Police Want the Public to Help Identify Capitol Rioters

Sheriff Wedding says that while the Evansville population is generally reasonable and rational, law enforcement will be keeping a "watchful eye" around the community for the next few weeks.

“Generally in Evansville, we are fortunate that we have a pretty reasonable and rational community," Sheriff Wedding continued. "Our people tend not to be extremists one way or another, but it could change - there could be angry people on both sides based on things that are said, things that are occurring, and we'll just keep a very watchful eye in and around the community for the next couple of weeks."

While the community may not visibly notice the increased security around town, Sheriff Wedding adds all law enforcement agencies are on standby for any situation that might occur.

Download the 44News mobile app on the Google Play Store or in the Apple App Store to stay up to date on the latest in breaking news, sports, traffic alerts, and more

29° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 20°
30° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 24°
27° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 22°
31° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 31°
Partly Cloudy
26° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 16°
Tonight it will be much colder with an overnight low of around 22 degrees, with a light north wind. On Tuesday, highs will only be in the middle 30's and then we throw in a chance of flurries overnight. Best chance of flurries will be along and north of I-64.
WEVV 4K Doppler Radar
WEVV 7-Day Forecast
WEVV Watches & Warnings

Community Events