A large crowd gathered outside the Lloyd D. George US courthouse in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon.
Protesters, supporters of President Donald Trump’s claim that he deciphered what he had labeled election fraud in the 2020 election, waved American flags and banners in support of the president.
Unlike the protests in Washington, DC, where protesters stormed the Capitol and disrupted an electoral college confirmation session, there were no immediate reports of violence at the Las Vegas event.
U.S. Deputy Marshal Chance Hardin said the event was due to a noisy ride up and down the Las Vegas Strip by Trump supporters on Wednesday morning. After 10 a.m., a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse
“It started out small,” Hardin said, estimating the crowd eventually grew to around 200 to 250 people.
Hardin said the meeting didn’t last long and “it was peaceful”.
“People just walked by and gave each other high fives, and the worst thing that happened was people going nuts (the protesters),” Hardin said.
Hardin said a response from the Metropolitan Police to reports of a suspicious device outside the Federal Justice Tower building at 501 Las Vegas Blvd. South, just before 2 a.m., was not considered related. In this case, police closed several streets, including Las Vegas Boulevard, until investigators determined the item in question posed no threat.
Meanwhile, a few hundred Trump supporters gathered in Carson City in front of the Nevada legislature for a boisterous but orderly rally. Protesters lined both sides of Carson Street to demonstrate with shouts and signs carried by cars passing by and drivers honking their horns in support. They followed law enforcement orders to stay off the street and stay on the sidewalk.
The legislative building is closed to the public due to COVID-19. The legislative period begins on February 1st.
This is a developing story. Check for updates again.
Review-Journal contributor Bill Dentzer contributed to this report.