On Saturday, the ‘Justice for J6’ march in Washington, D.C., came to a calm conclusion after the Capitol Police increased security in preparation for the event.
The gathering, which was held near the Capitol to protest the imprisonment of prisoners jailed for their role in the Capitol incident, drew barely 100 to 200 people, according to reports. Organizers had anticipated approximately 700 participants, which is still a long cry from the tens of thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol building in January.
Watch as police and media swarm a solitary counter protester with a huge bike trailer/anti-Trump sign pic.twitter.com/6MsN5dIKMZ
— Richie🎥McG🍿 (@RichieMcGinniss) September 18, 2021
At the J6 rally on the Mall, protesters are outnumbered by reporters. Massive police presence: helicopter, police dogs, dump trucks lining 3rd St. The cost per protester would be interesting to work out. pic.twitter.com/YjXXTW4Cdi
— Del Quentin Wilber (@DelWilber) September 18, 2021
An estimated 3,000 Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6 just as a joint session of Congress was convening to certify the results of the presidential election. The incident shocked the entire nation.
After the Capitol riot, the Capitol Police and other federal law enforcement agencies were criticized for being unprepared for the size of the protest and for being slow to respond, allowing the situation to spiral out of control. The Capitol Police and other federal law enforcement agencies have since apologized. They appeared to be attempting to rectify the situation this weekend.
The temporary fencing around the Capitol that had been built during the riot was reinstated in preparation for Saturday’s demonstration. Around the Capitol, close to the demonstration site, security cameras were mounted, according to reports from the Department of Defense, which had been handed to the Capitol Police. Prior to the event, other congressional offices were also closed for the day.
The protest was organized by Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign staffer who delivered a statement and called for a round of applause for law enforcement officers.
Justice for J6 organizer Matt Braynard – with only a handful of rally-goers present – is being protected by a security guard with a singular air-pod. pic.twitter.com/zde7HavuuZ
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) September 18, 2021
At least 610 people are facing federal charges as a result of their alleged participation in the Capitol riots. Many of the cases follow a formulaic pattern, involving some mix of trespassing and disorderly conduct charges, as well as charges of “Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building,” among other things. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. has enlisted the assistance of prosecutors from across the country to trial crimes involving the Capitol riots in 2011.