Heavily Policed ‘Justice For J6’ Rally Brings Sparse Crowd – And Minimal Violence – To Capitol

A rally to support Capitol riot defendants held in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday proved a dud, with attendance falling far short of the 700 expected – though two House candidates who showed up to speak said they felt the event was a success.

The Capitol Police estimated between 400 and 450 people were inside the police perimeter at the protest, though a good portion of the crowd was composed of journalists and cameramen.

Matthew Braynard, who organized the rally and claims those arrested in connection to the January 6 attack on the Capitol are “political prisoners,” urged attendees to treat the police and media with respect, which drew a mix of support and jeers from the crowd.

Braynard and other speakers also said they were only there to support non-violent Capitol Riot defendants, though at times there were chants for Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed Jan. 6 while attempting to breach the House chamber.

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