SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Officials have begun the process of covering up the “RIOT” buttons in state building elevators. The buttons are set to be swapped out by the end of the week with indicator lights that do not have words in them.
The buttons were installed into some elevators in state buildings, including the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Building on 5th and N streets in Sacramento.READ MORE: Bus Driver Shortages Continue At Sacramento-Area School Districts
The buttons came as a surprise to some employees who say they did not receive an explanation of what the mysterious buttons do.READ MORE: Downtown Sacramento Prepares For Ironman California
Agency spokesperson Monica Hassan issued a statement reading: “The buttons were installed as part of our overall safety and emergency plan covering a variety of scenarios; including the need to have the elevator not reach the first floor. The wording is in the process of being changed to more effectively reflect the purpose. We apologize for anyone who was distressed by the wording.”MORE NEWS: San Joaquin County Politician Speaks Out In Support Of In-N-Out's Refusal To Check Vaccine Cards At 2 Bay Area Locations
The buttons are supposed to light up to alert riders the elevators won’t go to the first floor if there is a security scare, like a riot.