‘All Hands on Deck’: Police May Use ‘Lethal Force’ During Upcoming Pro-Capitol Riot Rally

© REUTERS / Jim UrquhartSupporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb a wall during a protest against the certification of the 2020 presidential election results by the Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. Picture taken January 6, 2021
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb a wall during a protest against the certification of the 2020 presidential election results by the Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. Picture taken January 6, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.09.2021
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On 6 January 2021, a group of protesters besieged the US Capitol in a bid to prevent lawmakers from certifying the 2020 election results that Trump had repeatedly denounced as "rigged" and fraudulent, and certify Democrat Joe Biden as the winner.
Washington police are bracing for a possible worst-case scenario during next week’s right-wing rally, which aims to support the 6 January Capitol riot defendants, TMZ has revealed.
The celebrity gossip website cited unnamed sources as saying that “there's an all-hands-on-deck policy, with all field officers expected to show up” for the rally “so they won't be outmanned and underprepared like they were back on that fateful day in January”.

The sources argued that police “will seek answers” whether to use "lethal force", and whether to retreat or “fight back if perimeter fences and barriers are breached”.

The claims follow the Washington Metropolitan Police Department pledging to have an "increased presence" around the US capital during the so-called "Justice for J6" rally scheduled for 18 September.
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Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger told reporters that law enforcement officers are “closely monitoring” plans for the gathering, but declined to further elaborate on the matter.
He spoke after former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard, the rally’s organiser, insisted that the event would be peaceful.
In a video posted on the website of a group founded by Braynard, the ex-Trump campaign staffer urged participants to be "respectful and kind" to police officers who will be on duty on 18 September. “If they ask you to do something, please do so”, he added.
Braynard also asserted that during the rally, the participants would claim that the US government violated the civil rights of those who were arrested and charged, and who have been described by the former Trump campaign staffer as “political prisoners”. About 300 to 500 attendees will reportedly take part in the Justice for J6 event.
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On 6 January, scores of pro-Trump supporters rallied outside the US Capitol building in Washington as lawmakers were gathering inside to officially count the votes in the 3 November 2020 presidential election and announce Democrat Joe Biden as the winner.
The rally turned violent after an angry mob stormed the building, vandalised it, and clashed with police. Five people died during the riots, and dozens more were injured, including at least 138 police officers. Law enforcement authorities arrested more than 500 individuals who participated in the Capitol riots, charging some of them with assaulting federal police officers.
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