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Capitol Police swear in state, local law enforcement ahead of ‘Justice for J6’ rally

U.S. Capitol Police held a swearing-in ceremony early Saturday morning for state, local and federal law enforcement partners ahead of a planned “Justice for J6” rally scheduled for the afternoon.

The agency shared photos of Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger swearing in the law enforcement agencies on Twitter.

The swearing-in took place at 7:15 a.m. ET. 

About 700 people are expected to attend the rally to demonstrate in support of those who were criminally charged in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Authorities have been working particularly hard to prevent a repeat of Jan. 6, which saw Capitol Police officers overwhelmed by thousands of supporters of former President Trump.

Seven-foot fencing erected around the Capitol grounds in January following the attack was reinstalled on Wednesday ahead of the rally.

Earlier this week, Capitol Police issued an emergency declaration that allowed the force to deputize outside law enforcement as special Capitol Police officers ahead of the rally. The measure takes effect around the time of the demonstration.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved 100 D.C. National Guard troops to aid Capitol Police at the event on Saturday. However, the Pentagon said that Capitol Police will first utilize local, state and federal law enforcement for assistance before requesting assistance from the troops.

The Metropolitan Police Department will also have an enhanced presence around the city with numerous road closures.

Manger said during a Friday news briefing that he was “planning for a safe event” but that there is a “strong plan in place to ensure that it remains peaceful and that if violence does occur, that we can stop it as quickly as possible.”

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