U.S. Capitol Police seek National Guard support ahead of 9/18 rally

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US Capitol Police Asked During a rally at the Capitol scheduled for September 18, the Defense Department should be required to provide assistance in the form of National Guard troops.

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why it matters: The USCP has previously said it is “closely monitoring” an event known as “Justice for J6”, which is being organized in support of individuals arrested for attacking the Capitol on January 6. Is.

big picture: “The USCP has asked the Department of Defense on Sept. 18 for the ability to obtain National Guard support if needed,” the USCP statement said.

  • “[W]We’re analyzing it, and if it can be validated and supported, we’ll do that and we’ll look at sourcing inside the department to see what’s most appropriate,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby confirmed the request on Wednesday. was said to have been received, per CNN.
  • The number of troops requested has not been confirmed, although Kirby said it was “not of a particularly large size or large capacity. I think it is more in the form of some manpower support.”
  • Earlier this week US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger announced that a protective fence would be put up around the Capitol building ahead of the rally.
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