Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) isn’t taking any chances that it won’t be prepared for crowds at the upcoming “Justice for J6” rally. In a flash notice sent to all officers and members of the department late last week, MPD activated the entire force and postponed vacation days in anticipation of a Sept. 18 protest organized by supporters of Jan. 6 defendants. Distribution of the notice was first reported by WUSA-9 in Washington.
The rally is planned for the Union Square area of the Capitol grounds, the section of the west front encompassing the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial and Capitol reflecting pool. It’s being organized by Matt Braynard, who was in charge of data for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. He announced the event on Steve Bannon’s podcast and is advertising it as a gathering to seek justice for those who have been arrested and charged for their roles in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
His pitch is similar to that of Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron “”Anon” Johnson, who says that the hundreds of rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol were “peaceful protestors.” (They weren’t.)
“As we continue to raise the profile of these individuals, it makes it harder and harder for the left’s phony narrative about an insurrection to stick,” Braynard said on Bannon’s podcast. “What’s going to define [the rally] is where it’s going to take place: we’re going back to the Capitol.
“We have almost a hundred people who were nonviolent protestors being held in solitary confinement without medical care, without access to attorneys, without evidence the government plans to use against them, and without the opportunity for bail despite zero criminal history,” he said. “All for walking through an open door and then walking out, never laying a finger on anyone or causing any violence.”
In fact, Braynard’s claims about the treatment of protestors cannot be confirmed.
U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers said they began to hear discussions within the department about the gathering in early August, shortly after the USCP removed the final section of fencing surrounding the Capitol on July 10.