Fencing will be re-erected around the U.S. Capitol this week as law enforcement officials prepare for a demonstration planned for Sept. 18.
Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign operative, is organizing the rally to call for the release of people who are not accused of carrying out violence on Jan. 6 during the Capitol breach but nonetheless remain in jail.
After briefing members of Congress Monday, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger confirmed the fencing will be put back up ahead of the rally.
“The fence will go up a day or two before and if everything goes well, it will come down very soon after,” he said.
Organizers expect hundreds of people to attend the “Justice for J6” event. It could be the largest gathering at the Capitol since Jan. 6.
Manger told The Epoch Times in a recent email that his agency is “closely monitoring” the planned event but that he’s confident, given the changes in intelligence gathering and sharing made after Jan. 6, that “the work we are doing now will make sure our officers have what they need to keep everyone safe.”
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department said via email the agency would be “fully prepared” for upcoming events.
“They seemed very, very well prepared. Much better prepared than before Jan. 6. I think they’re ready for whatever might happen,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters after being briefed by Manger and other Capitol Police officials.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also said that the Capitol Police’s plan “seems much better” than that in place before Jan. 6.
Braynard told The Epoch Times last week that whether or not the fencing goes back up is not relevant to the protest.
“Whatever they decide to do with fences, it’s really none of my business,” he said.
In several social media posts, he said that the rally is meant to be peaceful and that organizers have worked for two months with Capitol, Washington, and park police, in addition to private security.
There will be a “secure perimeter” and metal detectors at the event, which will be 100 percent run by his group, Look Ahead America, he added.
The rally’s location is Union Square between 1st and 3rd Streets, according to an email sent to people interested in attending that was seen by The Epoch Times. It is slated to start at 12 p.m.
Prospective attendees were told to travel in groups, be respectful to private security and law enforcement, not wear clothing or wear banners supporting a specific politician or ex-politician, including former President Donald Trump, and to wear red, white, and blue and bring signs to show support for people imprisoned for allegedly committing crimes on Jan. 6.
The demonstration has been heavily criticized by Democrats, who allege it’s aimed at downplaying the breach.
“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,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a press conference last week.
Every Washington or federal law enforcement officer who was present at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and later died were found to have died from natural causes or suicide, including U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
Pelosi’s office did not respond to a request for clarification.
From The Epoch Times