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USPS removing its mailboxes in downtown Madison ahead of possible armed protests

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 17:47:39-05

MADISON — The U.S Postal Service is temporarily removing USPS mailboxes near the Capitol Building in downtown Madison as the city prepares for possible protests ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.

Earlier this week the FBI warned of plans of possible armed protests in the capital cities of all 50 states. Gov. Tony Evers also mobilized the Wisconsin National Guard to assist local police in Madison. This comes after hundreds of Pro-Trump supporters storms stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. last week.


USPS spokesperson Bob Sheehan tells TMJ4 News in an email that the move is out of "an abundance of caution."

"Due to reports of possible demonstrations beginning this weekend, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our employees and to prevent damage to postal equipment, a number of blue collection boxes near the capitol are being temporarily removed from service," according to Sheehan.

"The Postal Service will continue to review the ongoing situation that is impacting our community. USPS apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our customers for their understanding at this time," Sheehan writes.

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