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Capitol Cops Ready For Protest Supporting January 6 Rioters

Burned before, Capitol Police say they are taking no chances as they prepare for a Saturday rally (Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Manila) at the US Capitol in support of rioters imprisoned after the violent Jan. 6 insurrection, Colleen Long, Michael Balsamo, and Michael Kunzelman reported for the Associated Press (AP).

Photo Insert: Capitol Police have installed metal fences and cement barricades in preparation for the "Justice for J6" rally. Capitol Police Chief warned, “We will not tolerate violence."

Though it is unclear how big the rally will be, the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department are fully activating in an effort to avoid a repeat of the pre-inauguration attack.

Underprepared police were overwhelmed as hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters broke into the Capitol and interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said at a news conference Friday it was difficult to say whether threats of violence at the event are credible, but he said that “chatter” online and elsewhere has been similar to intelligence that was missed in January. A permit for the protest allows 700 people.

Manger said he believes the most likely possibility for violence Saturday will involve clashes between the protesters and counter-protesters who may show up. “We’re not going to tolerate violence, and we will not tolerate criminal behavior of any kind,” Manger said.

All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

“The American public and members of Congress have an expectation that we protect the Capitol. And I am confident that the plan we have in place will meet that expectation.”

After multiple missteps in January, law enforcement is out in full force. The fence around the Capitol is back up, temporarily. Police are preparing for the possibility that some demonstrators may arrive with weapons. The DC police department is at the ready, and US Capitol Police have requested assistance from nearby law enforcement agencies.

Government & politics: Politicians, government officials and delegates standing in front of their country flags in a political event in the financial district.

The rally, organized by former Trump campaign strategist Matt Braynard, is aimed at supporting people who have been detained after the Jan. 6 insurrection — about 60 people held behind bars out of the more than 600 charged in the deadly riot. It’s the latest attempt to downplay and deny the January violence.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans serving on a House committee investigating the January attacks, said he supports the aggressive law enforcement efforts.

Business: Business men in suite and tie in a work meeting in the office located in the financial district.

“Hopefully the overreaction of law enforcement is actually the thing that can keep this from getting out of hand,” Kinzinger said in an interview Thursday. He predicted that people will criticize the effort if the protest is small and nonviolent, “but that’s what needs to happen because January 6th obviously was an underreaction and it escalated.”

Intelligence collected ahead of Saturday’s rally has suggested that extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers will turn up. But some prominent members of the groups have sworn they aren’t going and have told others not to attend.

Health & lifestyle: Woman running and exercising over a bridge near the financial district.

Far-right online chatter has been generally tame, and Republican lawmakers are downplaying the event. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request for about 100 members of the DC National Guard to be stationed at a city armory near the Capitol, to be called if needed as backup for other law enforcement agencies.

They will primarily protect the Capitol building and congressional offices. They’ll be without firearms, but will be equipped with batons and protective vests for self-defense.


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