New Measures Implemented to Enhance Safety at Texas Capitol

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.

Update: President Denies Vulgar Remark at Immigration Meeting

Recent comments made by President Trump while negotiations on immigration were underway with legislators in the Oval Office Thursday were reported as being vulgar and racist.

According to reports, in his comment President Trump was negatively referring to people from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and African countries that were in a status program that is temporarily protected.

It was also reported that the president said the U-S should accept more people from Norway instead.

In a tweet this morning, the president denied using the vulgar language reported. His tweet said, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made — a big setback for DACA!”

He also said he never said anything derogatory about Haitians.