ROSEVILLE, Calif. - Governors in many states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency, and closed state capitol buildings over concerns about violence ahead of next week’s presidential inauguration.
Action News Now anchor Linda Watkins-Bennett talked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Field Office, Sean Ragan, to find out more about what is happening at the California State Capitol and in Northern California to be prepared for the days ahead.
The FBI Sacramento Field Office covers 34 counties from Oregon to Kern County. It is located in Roseville, California.
Please watch the entirety of the interview between Special Field Agent Ragan and Linda Watkin’s Bennett in the video posted in this article.
The two discussed the safety of the California State Capitol and federal buildings and offices in the North State and talked about how several different arms of local, regional, state, and federal law enforcement are working together for safety and security. He described his office in Roseville as a command post for law enforcement officers.
Participating agencies include the FBI, CHP, CAL OES, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the Sacramento Police Department, and the National Guard.
Ragan also shared how the Washington Field Office is working with his and other FBI Field Offices to follow leads and tips that have been received since the assault on the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.
He discussed how law enforcement staff are vetted, and explained that this vetting occurs throughout their careers, not just when they first apply for their positions.
“The public is our partner in all of this,” Special Field Agent Ragan said. “If they could please continue to provide information, any concerns they have, threats they're hearing about -- anything they see that's suspicious or might lead to violence or criminal activity.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Ragan said they rely on such information and gave this tip number and webpage link. The phone number to report a tip is (916) 746-7000. CLICK HERE to visit the FBI tip webpage. He said tips can be submitted anonymously.
When asked if he had anything to add, Special Agent Ragan said, "We want everyone to know they have a right to free speech, to express themselves verbally and in writing, the right to express ideas, political ideology, anything other than threatening someone directly.”
“It's when people cross that line and start wanting violence to promote ideas and ideology ... that's when it crosses away from protected rights to being criminality and a criminal violation,” he explained. "At that point, citizens are going to be investigated by authorities," he explained.
Please watch the entire video interview attached to this article to hear the full interview with FBI Special Field Agent in Charge Sean Ragan.