Capitol Police Warn of Violence for September 18 Rally

In Summary

A Capitol police memo is warning about the potential for violence at an upcoming rally in Washington D.C. 

Law enforcement agencies in Washington D.C. are preparing for potential violence and unrest at an upcoming “Justice for J6” rally on September 18. 

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According to CNN, violent rhetoric surrounding the event has increased online. A Capitol police memo revealed that counterprotests have also been planned for the same day.  

The rally was planned to support insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Online presence about the event grew after the Black officer who shot and killed rioter Ashli Babbitt went public, revealing his identity in an interview with Lester Holt. He did not face any charges or disciplinary action for the shooting.  

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The memo also revealed individuals may attend on the same day for a “Justice for Ashli Babbitt” rally, forcing law enforcement officers to plan for violent altercations, according to CNN. There have also been online conversations suggesting violence against Jewish centers and liberal churches while police are focused on the rallies.  

Capitol Police have formally asked the Capitol Police Board to put up temporary fencing around the Capitol complex before the rally. Security forces believe the board is likely to approve the request, but the proposed fencing is expected to be smaller than the previous one erected after the insurrection.  

RELATED: House Select Committee Holds Hearing on January Insurrection 

Officers with multiple agencies will be working with the Capitol police on that weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited political leaders including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for a security briefing Monday to discuss the rallies. Pelosi said, “We intend to have the integrity of the Capitol be intact.”  

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