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Tens Of Attendees Show Up To Justice For J6 Rally, Outnumbered By Police And Media

By Christopher Berg and Sandy Malone

Washington, DC – An estimated 400-450 people, including counter-protesters and journalists, showed up to the “Justice For J6” rally in Washington D.C. Saturday, according to U.S. Capitol Police.

The rally to support the suspects charged in the January 6 Capitol Riot comes after law enforcement had prepared for a full-on attack on the Capitol during the permitted event.

Hundreds of officers from multiple law enforcement agencies provided security during the event, roads in the area were blocked off, a fence was erected around the Capitol complex, and the National Guard had been called to standby to assist.

“We have received a request from Capitol Police for some assistance for this weekend’s protests, scheduled protests. I’m not going to detail the specific request,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby confirmed on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“We’re doing the analysis, we are in receipt of it, we’re analyzing it, and if it can be validated and supported, we’ll do that and we’ll look at the sourcing inside the department as to what’s most appropriate,” Kirby said.

On Monday when Chief Stanger announced they would be re-erecting the controversial fence around the Capitol, he also said he had been in touch with military ahead of the protest.

“We have talked to the military and we have multiple agencies assisting. We cannot provide specifics as we do not want to give away security sensitive info,” USCP told CNN in a statement.

Law enforcement officials have promised lawmakers there will not be another breach of the U.S. Capitol building.

However, there had been little evidence that the event would be widely attended.

Last week, Democratic leadership sounded the alarm about their concerns that the event would be attended by both Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, MSNBC reported.

However, the Proud Boys had denied that they planned to have any presence, according to Newsweek.

The Oath Keepers have largely decentralized leadership and have not been known for attending any event with more than a handful of people.

Leading up to the rally, right wing extremist circles appeared to offer little promotion of the event, with the event being promoted mostly by the mainstream media who reported fears that the rally would be worse than the Capitol Riot.

But when the rally actually started on Saturday, it became clear that fears about the event were overblown.

One person was arrested during the event for possession of a knife, which are prohibited on Capitol grounds, according to U.S. Capitol police.

Written by
Christopher Berg

Editor-in-Chief: Twitter/@SnarkyCop. Christopher left his job as a police officer to manage The Police Tribune to provide context to the public about police incidents. Before becoming a police officer, he worked as a law enforcement dispatcher trainer.

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