Cops Warns of Violence at Sept 18 Rally
The rally to support jailed insurgents is bringing Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to DC
Law enforcement officials are warning of violence at the upcoming rally in support of the insurrectionists that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th.
The rally, being dubbed “Justice for J6,” is scheduled to be held on September 18th in Washington D.C. The event is being put on by right-wing supporters of Trump who believe that the 2020 election was stolen. The main group putting on the rally is Look Ahead America, which is led by Matt Braynard former Director of Data and Strategy for the Trump campaign.
Law enforcement officials say that recent online chatter indicates that there has been an uptick in violent rhetoric around the event. They say that this increased after the officer who shot insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt revealed his identity in an interview with NBC. Law enforcement says that some people online have begun to refer to the rally as a “Justice for Ashli Babbitt” rally. They have also heard of threats that would lead them to believe that Jewish centers and liberal churches could be targeted, with some of the people saying that they can use the rally to distract law enforcement while others attack these places of worship.
Law enforcement officials are also concerned about the participation of far-right groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. While Braynard has said that members of “other groups” should not wear their colors, chatter indicates that they plan to come. Law enforcement believes that some of these people may have taken part in the violence on January 6th but have not yet been caught including someone who planted a series of pipe bombs around the city on the sixth. While police don’t know if this person was a part of any of the groups, they have not been captured and law enforcement fears a potential escalation in violence from this person.
In preparation for the rally, Capitol police plan to present their security plan to the Capitol Police board this week as well as brief members of Congress in the coming days. It is currently unclear what those plans will entail and if they will mean that the fencing around the Capitol will be restored. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has invited Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to her office on Monday for a security briefing with US Capitol Police Officer Tom Manger. McCarthy is currently being investigated for the role that he played in the January 6th attack, including his call with Trump during the attack.
"What happened on Jan. 6 was such an assault on this beautiful Capitol," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "And now these people are coming back to praise the people who were out to kill. Out to kill members of Congress, successfully causing the deaths — successfully is not the word, but that's the word because it's what they set out to do — of our law enforcement."
While the attendance for the rally is expected to be smaller than on January 6th, with only 500 people RSVP’d to attend, groups like the Proud Boys and White Lives Matter have been advertising the event. White Lives Matter is also advertising for worldwide actions on September 18th in support of the January 6th insurrectionists which has some worried about violence in other cities around the country. While a speakers list has not been announced, CNN is reporting that GOP representatives Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Madison Cawthorn have been invited to speak along with the lawyer representing Ashli Babbitt.
Following the January 6th attack, nearly 600 people have been arrested. More than 140 officers were injured during the attack and one officer died the following day from injuries sustained in the attack. Since then, 4 officers have also committed suicide. The Capitol has also been on edge since January 6th after an officer was killed when a person attempted to drive through a checkpoint barrier. The Capitol was also recently on lockdown for five hours after a deranged person said that they had a bomb.