Hundreds rally in support of those jailed in Jan. 6 protest

Demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, DC, on September 18, 2021, in support of the pro-Trump rioters who ransacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. - Washington was on high alert for the rally with security forces better prepared to avoid a repeat of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. US Capitol police said they have no indication of a specific plot associated with the rally, but warned in a news conference there had been "some threats of violence," with a counter-rally scheduled to take place nearby. (Photo by PEDRO UGARTE / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO UGARTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Demonstrators gather for the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2021, in support of the pro-Trump protest at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (PEDRO UGARTE / AFP)

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UPDATED 9:45 AM PT – Sunday, September 19, 2021

Hundreds of law enforcement and protesters gathered for the “Justice for J6” rally at the U.S. Capitol. Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside of the nation’s Capitol to support those jailed for taking part in the Jan. 6 protest.

Speaking to the crowd Saturday, organizer of the event Matt Braynard said it was about the many protesters who have not been charged with violence, haven’t been accused of assaulting a police officer or destroying property and the “disparate treatment they’ve received.” He added “this is all about equal treatment under the law.”

More than 600 people have been arrested in the months following the protest and more than 50 have pleaded guilty to a variety of federal charges. Supporters showed frustration towards the treatment of the “political prisoners,” saying it’s inhumane and political prosecution.

Supporters were heavily outnumbered by law enforcement as Capitol Police brought hundreds of officers into Washington, D.C. in order to prevent any possible violence. However, demonstrators emphasized keeping the peace and condemned the violence seen on Jan. 6.

“The overall message is that we condemn violence. That’s not America. We need to make sure that we do a peaceful voice to be heard. Not a protest that is in violence. We condemn that. So, the resounding message that we’re trying to bring is that we can go out, have our voices be heard, and not have to do it violently,” said Jeff Zink, candidate for Congress in Arizona.

While the crowd was less than expected, the Look Ahead America organization previously estimated about 700 people would attend.

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