US Capitol locks down again: DC braces for 'Justice for J6' rally TODAY in support of rioters imprisoned after MAGA lawlessness as fences go up and police chief says 'we're not going to tolerate violence'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Hundreds of police officers started gathering at the Capitol Saturday morning where eight-foot-high security fencing has been erected

  • 100 National Guard troops are on standby and additional checks are being carried out at nearby airports

  • Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Friday they had intelligence of online 'chatter' that is similar to that seen in the run-up to January 6

  • Manger said it was 'tough to say' whether threats are credible but said 'we're not going to tolerate violence'

  • Republicans have sought to distance themselves from the event with even staunch Donald Trump allies Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn not expected to attend

  • The rally, starting at 12pm, is being held in support of the January 6 rioters jailed for their roles in the riot

Dozens of dump trucks were driven in to form a barrier around the area ahead of the rally at 12pm.

Around 700 Trump supporters and far-right activists are expected to descend on the West lawn of the Capitol for Saturday's rally to protest the federal charges that nearly 600 rioters have been slapped with over January 6.

Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said at a press conference Friday the likeliest possibility for violence at the rally will be between protesters and counter-protesters who may show up, but that law enforcement will not allow things to escalate. He said their intelligence indicated three different groups - one of whom had a history of clashes - were talking of attending. He did not specify the groups.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report warned of social media posts that discussed the possibility of storming the Capitol Friday night.
It looks like that didn’t happen, which is suggestive.
One user also 'commented on kidnapping an identified member of Congress,' the document said, though the lawmaker wasn't identified by name in the report.

But the organizer of the rally, a former Trump campaign operative, said it would be a peaceful event. Matt Braynard, who is also the executive director of Look Ahead America, said the intent was to draw attention to the Trump supporters facing federal charges for their role on January 6.

'We look forward to having a very safe, peaceful expression of our First Amendment rights,' he said Friday morning on C-SPAN's 'Washington Journal.'

He noted 'there's no intent for violence on our side.'

He also said he's hired private security for rally.

'Yes a diplomatic security team but they're looped in with the Capitol Police Department and many of them are themselves, you know, ex-cops,' he said.

Manger said they've had 'courtesy' conversations with rally organizers and he was aware they hired private security.

Braynard said his private security team would not be armed. He also said he's asking attendees to film any encounters they have at the rally.

'I believe it's my responsibility to do everything I can do to keep every one of our attendees safe and to do that, we're asking when people leave to leave in large groups, we're asking for people to, if you see anything at all suspicious to somebody acting oddly - look we've all got television studios, right here in our pocket, whip it out and start recording,' he said.

Location: Union Square area of the Capitol grounds, the section of the West Front containing the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial and Capitol reflecting pool
Start time: 12 noon ET
Leaders of event: Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign official who organized the rally
He will co-host alongside Cara Castronuova, a pro-Trump boxer who appeared on season 11 of The Biggest Loser
Speakers: Joe Kent, who's challenging GOP Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler in Washington state; she is one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump
Mike Collins, a Republican running for Congress in Georgia
Family members of people held on January 6 charges

Posted by: Skidmark 2021-09-18