“We are ready”: the police insist on the preparation before the rally of the right

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The event is presented as a protest against the detention of some rioters on January 6.

Law enforcement officials were united in their message on Friday: We are ready for the “Justice for J6” rally.

Saturday’s event, billed as a protest against defendants held in connection with the January 6 uprising, puts law enforcement on high alert as they seek to avoid the type of violence that s ensued during the Capitol riot.

“There have been threats of violence associated with the events of tomorrow. And we have a solid plan in place to ensure that this remains peaceful and that if violence does occur, we can stop it as quickly as possible,” said the United States Capitol Police. Chef J. Tom Manger told reporters at a press conference Friday.

“Over the past eight months, the leadership of the US Capitol Police Department has been preparing, working to ensure that we don’t have a Jan. 6 rehearsal,” Manger continued.

Fences around the Capitol complex began to be erected on Wednesday evening, Capitol police said, as part of the “reinforced security post” to protect the Capitol from any violence that may erupt.

Manger told ABC News congressional correspondent Rachel Scott that he was most concerned about violent conflict between protesters and counter-protesters.

The Homeland Security Ministry warned on Thursday that some people involved in or opposed to the rally “may seek to engage in violence” but said there was no “specific or credible plot associated with the event” , according to a newsletter shared with state and local law enforcement and obtained by ABC News.

There was a caveat, however.

“Isolated offenders and small groups of individuals may rally against violence with little or no warning, especially in response to confrontations with suspected opponents or calls for escalation from influencers. keys, ”the bulletin said. “The likely use of encrypted or closed communication platforms by those seeking to commit acts of violence calls into question the ability of law enforcement to identify and disrupt potential plots.”

In early September, some social media users “discussed the storming of the US Capitol the day before the rally, and one user commented on the kidnapping of an identified member of Congress,” the bulletin said. House offices were encouraged to work remotely on Friday, according to an email Thursday from the House Administration Committee obtained by ABC News.

Melissa Smislova, assistant deputy secretary for intelligence and business preparedness at DHS, told Homeland Security Enterprise Forum attendees Tuesday that the department expects 700 people in Washington for the event, the same number authorized to attend.

Senior DHS officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, said they had stepped up communications with state and local partners ahead of the event.

Benjamin Siegel contributed to this report.


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