Police and media outnumber ‘Justice for J6’ protesters at Capitol Hill rally


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One man was arrested for possessing a knife, the other on a report of being handcuffed

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In a city still haunted by the January 6 uprising, law enforcement bore large numbers at the Capitol on Saturday, worrying that a rally in support of jailed rioters would turn violent. It didn’t.

The crowd was less and the incidents were few. The only apparent parallels to the riots more than eight months earlier were the false claims made by rally organizers about the violence in January when Congress met to ratify the election of Joe Biden.


The low turnout also raised questions about whether such rallies would have any lasting power as organizers attempted to tap into the January 6 rage without the former president’s presence.

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Police and protesters gather at US Capitol for ‘Justice for J6’ rally

Law enforcement had prepared for the collision by erecting temporary fencing around the Capitol and deploying heavy dump trucks to surround the rally site. The local police department and the US National Guard were on standby.

Security may be unnecessary in the end, but the instability surrounding the lie that the 2020 election was stolen and the presence of extremists and white nationalist groups on 6 January made it impossible to predict how such events would take place.

US Capitol police said they had received intelligence over the weekend that was similar to information they missed in January, when law enforcement was only expecting a free speech protest and Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol.

Republican lawmakers, including those who voted that day to challenge Biden’s election, avoided Saturday’s rally. Rally organizer Matt Brainard lashed out at elected officials for not supporting the jailed people and introduced candidates who are running for elected office.

Capital Police gears up for ‘Justice for J6’ rally in support of Jan. 6 alleged rioters

The protesters stood up and made fun of him. Some had anti-Trump signs and a man who had confronted some of the pro-Trump protesters was quickly turned away by police, who used a bicycle to save him from the crowd as he took to the street.

Police said one person from the crowd was arrested for carrying a knife and another person was arrested after someone told officers they saw him carrying a pistol. Two others who police say were wanted in Texas — on firearms charges and for probation violations — were also arrested Saturday morning after being pulled over near the Capitol.

The Capitol Police recommended Jan. 6 officers for discipline

On January 6, dozens of law enforcement officers were left covered in blood and beaten up as a mob of rioters, some armed with pipes, bats and bear spray, charged into the Capitol, quickly outnumbering the overwhelmed police force. One officer was repeatedly beaten with a stun gun and jolted until he suffered a heart attack; Another was foaming from his mouth and shouting for help as the rioters crushed him between two doors and hit him on the head with their own weapon.

Police surround a man with glasses during a rally near the US Capitol in Washington, Saturday, September 18, 2021.  The rally was planned by aides of former President Donald Trump and aimed at supporting so-called

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The Associated Press reviewed hundreds of court and prison records for Capitol riot defendants to find out how many were detained and about 63 held in federal custody awaiting trial or sentencing. Were were

At least 30 are jailed in Washington. The rest are locked in facilities across the country. He has said he was being treated unfairly, and a defendant said he was beaten.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sets standards for judges to determine whether to send a Capitol riot defendant to prison. A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled in March that the rioters charged with assaulting officers, smashing windows, doors and barricades, or taking a leadership role in the attack were more “dangerous” than those only in a different category of “, who were simply happy. Violence following a breach or entering a building.

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