UPDATED 10:11 AM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The Metropolitan Police Department is expected to ramp up its presence for the upcoming ‘Justice for J6‘ rally on the grounds of the capitol. On September 18, protesters will gather on the capitol grounds in defense of the rights of those jailed in connection with the events that took place on January 6.
The event, planned by Look Ahead America, is expected to be peaceful as several thousand people are set to attend. Leaders of the organizing group have implored attendees to be mindful and respectful when at the event, also urging them to remember the purpose behind the rally.
Matt Braynard, the leader of Look Ahead America, previously served as a a campaign staffer for 45th President Donald Trump. He told the media that he has received numerous death threats, particularly from left-leaning activists.
“Despite all of this entirely peaceful operation by us, I’m being bombarded with death threats and threats of violence,” he explained. “So, all the violence happening here is exclusively coming from the left, all the threats of real violence that we’re seeing here.”
Nonetheless, Braynard has invited those who plan to attend the event to make signs that call for justice in regards to those who he referred to as “political prisoners” and “patriots.”
“The small handful who so far have been credibly charged with violence, they are due a fair hearing,” he stated. ” I don’t think that that’s happening for them. They’re still having the deck stacked against them and in many cases, those who have been accused of violence have had the government slow walk evidence and say that they may not even be able to present the evidence for another year.”
The Look Ahead America leader also told demonstrators to respect law enforcement officers who will be monitoring the gathering. Meanwhile, Capitol Police are set to present their security plan to the Capitol Police Board this week.