Sep 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Capitol Police "closely monitoring" Sept. 18 pro-Capitol riot rally

Picture of rioters on Jan. 6

Members of the Proud Boys make a hand gesture while walking near the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan. 6. Photo: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The U.S. Capitol Police Department is "closely monitoring" a Sept. 18 rally planned in support of individuals arrested for storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, USCP chief Tom Manger said Wednesday in a written statement shared with reporters.

Driving the news: The rally — spearheaded by former Donald Trump presidential campaign official Matt Braynard — is known as "Justice for J6" and will be held on the Capitol grounds, WUSA9 reports.

  • The D.C. Metropolitan Police is activating its entire force for the event and has gone so far as to postpone vacation days.

What they're saying: "After Jan. 6, we made department-wide changes to the way we gather and share intelligence internally and externally. I am confident the work we are doing now will make sure our officers have what they need to keep everyone safe," Manger said.

Of note: Lawmakers and law enforcement officers within Capitol Hill are discussing how to secure the Capitol grounds ahead of both the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the planned rally, including possibly reinstalling temporary fencing that went up after the Jan. 6 insurrection, CNN reported.

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