Department of Public Safety statement:
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has identified a growing number of outside protest groups, not involved with the ongoing teachers’ rally, present at the State Capitol.
The situation is being closely monitored for the safety of educators, elected officials and others at the Capitol and the surrounding area.
In the past, some of these groups have been known to show violent behavior during non-violent rallies.
There have been reports of threats made towards members of the Legislature and the Governor’s office.
The Department of Public Safety is consistently utilizing resources to identify and monitor these outside groups, investigate threats made, and to provide safety and security for all attendees.