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Capitol Police Chief 'Confident' Authorities Will Keep DC Secure During Pro-Capitol Riot Protest

© AFP 2022 / SAMUEL CORUM The U.S. Capitol is seen behind a fence with razor wire during sunrise on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital and in all 50 states. According to reports, as many as 25,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President.
 The U.S. Capitol is seen behind a fence with razor wire during sunrise on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital and in all 50 states. According to reports, as many as 25,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President. - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.09.2021
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The Metropolitan Police Department issued an alert last month urging the entire force to postpone any upcoming vacations ahead of a September 18 protest. The demonstration, dubbed "Justice for J6," was organized in support of rioters who violently stormed the US Capitol building on January 6 to contest the results of the 2016 election.
US Capitol Police forces are "closely monitoring September 18 and we are planning accordingly," Chief Tom Manger told the Associated Press in a Wednesday statement. 
"After January 6, we made Department-wide changes to the way we gather and share intelligence internally and externally," Manger said. "I am confident the work we are doing now will make sure our officers have what they need to keep everyone safe." 
In addition to the entire MPD force being active, specialized riot officers have also been tapped to remain on standby. 
Federal officials expect the "Justice for J6" protest to attract far-right and extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, an anti-government militia. The demonstration is presently set to occur at the Union Square area of the US Capitol grounds. 
© REUTERS / ELIZABETH FRANTZA U.S. Capitol Police officer mans a police barricade as police investigated a bomb threat near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2021.
A U.S. Capitol Police officer mans a police barricade as police investigated a bomb threat near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.09.2021
A U.S. Capitol Police officer mans a police barricade as police investigated a bomb threat near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2021.
Law enforcement sources told the Associated Press that DC-based authorities have undertaken a number of steps to optimize their response to possible violence and mobilize the appropriate forces.
The alleged changes come after more than 140 officers were injured in some way during the deadly January 6 storming of the US Capitol, according to an estimate from Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the US Capitol Police Labor Committee. 
A total of five individuals died as a result of the riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was placed on life support after suffering from two thromboembolic strokes brought on by a pepper spray assault.
Additionally, at least four officers who responded to the January 6 riot have since committed suicide.  
It is likely that federal officers will be on high alert for explosives, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has yet to find the individual who planted several pipe bombs around Washington, DC, prior to the Jan. 6 riot. 
Authorities have yet to determine whether they will once again erect a fence around the US Capitol to boost perimeter security. 
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