However, it remains unclear how many protesters will attend. And the rally will be on a Saturday when both houses of Congress are on recess, which means there will be far fewer legislators or staff in the area.
Who are the organizers?
Meanwhile, White Lives Matter is promoting global September 18 demonstrations and supporting the January 6 insurgents online, but has no DC chapter.
Who is expected
No incumbent member of Congress is scheduled to appear at the rally. But the speaker line-up includes two Republican congressional candidates – Mike Collins, who is running for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, and Joe Kent, who wants to remove Washington State MP Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican who voted for impeachment against Trump Has.
What do law enforcement expect?
According to an internal Capitol Police memo verified by CNN, law enforcement officials prepare for possible clashes and riots during the rally.
According to the memo, there was a noticeable surge in violent rhetoric surrounding the event and heated discussions about Babbitt’s filming on social media and discussion forums. The document warns that many people may view September 18 as a “Justice for Ashli Babbitt” rally, which may be cause for concern, and planning violent clashes is not unreasonable.
There was additional discussion of violence related to the event, with an online chat suggesting violence against Jewish centers and liberal churches while law enforcement is distracted that day.
The DHS also warned of possible violence the day before the rally.
The department said an additional challenge to law enforcement is the likely use of encrypted or closed communication platforms by those seeking to engage in violence.
What security measures are in place?
CNN has learned that the DC police force will be fully activated on Saturday and the DC National Guard will be ready to provide assistance in an emergency, a source familiar with security talks surrounding the event told CNN.
The US Capitol Police installed new temporary fences around the Capitol complex on the Wednesday evening before the rally.
Fences were erected around the Capitol following the January 6 riots, but these were reduced and removed over the summer.
In addition, Capitol Police said in a statement Monday that their board of directors “issued an emergency statement that will come into effect at the time of the demonstration, allowing the department to represent outside law enforcement officers as special officers for the United States Capitol Police “.
The TSA is also stepping up security at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, urging travelers to see more security guards and K-9s at the airport over the weekend.
What does the legislator say about the safety precautions?
After Manger briefed the four leading congressional leaders about security preparations for the rally, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi told reporters that the planning “seems much better”.
But Pelosi also noted that she “has nothing to compare because we were not informed beforehand,” referring to the January 6 uprising. “So I can’t compare it to before, but … I’m sure we’ll be communicating all the time,” she added after leaving the briefing.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer similarly said he believed the Capitol Police were “well prepared, thorough, professional, and I think they are better prepared than the people before Jan 6”.
This story has been updated with additional information.
CNN’s Melanie Zanona, Jessica Schneider, Whitney Wild, Geneva Sands, Zachary Cohen, Pete Muntean and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.