The crowd was small and there were very few incidents. There were no obvious parallels between the riots of eight months ago and the rallies organized by supporters of Donald Trump. These false claims were made by rally organizers regarding the violence on January Day when Congress met to confirm the election of Joe Biden.
Low turnout has also raised questions about whether rallies like this will survive. The organizers tried to harness the anger of Jan. 6 without the presence of the former president.
Police prepared for confrontation by erecting temporary fencing surrounding the Capitol and using heavy dump trucks to surround the rally site. The U.S. National Guard and local police were also on standby.
Although security was unnecessary in the end it is impossible to predict the outcome of such events due to the volatility surrounding the falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen, and the presence on Jan. 6 of white nationalist groups and extremists.
The U.S. Capitol Police claimed they had intelligence information that they received leading up to the weekend. It was similar to the January intelligence information that was lost when law enforcement was expecting a peaceful protest. Trump supporters stormed Capitol.
Republican lawmakers, including those who voted on Saturday to challenge Biden's election result, avoided Saturday's rally. Rally organizer Matt Braynard took elected officials to task for failing to back up those currently in jail and presented candidates who are running for office.
The counterprotesters remained silent and mocked. Some displayed anti-Trump signs, and one man who confronted pro-Trump protesters was swiftly removed by police. They used bicycles to protect him from the crowd as they escorted the victim down the street.
Police said that one person was taken into custody for having a knife in his hand and another was arrested for having a gun. Police also pulled over two other suspects near the Capitol Saturday morning. They were being sought for probation violations and a firearms offense.
Braynard was a former Trump campaign staffer and spoke in calm and deliberate tones. Braynard stated that the event was intended for defendants currently behind bars.
On Jan. 6, many law enforcement officers were left bleeding and and beat by a crowd of pro-Trump protesters. Some were armed with pipes and bats, and charged into the Capitol. They quickly overtook the overworked police force. One officer suffered a beating and was shocked repeatedly with a stun gun until he suffered a heart attack. Another was screaming for help and foaming at his mouth as the rioters crushed him between 2 doors and hit him with their own weapon.
To find out how many Capitol riot defendants were being held, the Associated Press looked through hundreds of court records and jail records. It found that approximately 63 were in federal custody awaiting trial and sentencing hearings.
Washington has at least 30 of these people. Rest are held in various facilities throughout the country. They claim they are being unfairly treated, with one of them claiming he was beaten.
The U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit established standards for judges when deciding whether to imprison a Capitol riot defendant. The appeals court's three-judge panel ruled that rioters who were accused of attacking officers, breaking windows, doors, and barricades or taking leadership roles in the attack are in a "different category of danger" to those who only cheered the violence or entered the building after it had been breached.
Authorities said that Jonathan Mellis' girlfriend was one of the speakers at the rally. She was captured on video using a stick to attack officers outside the Capitol trying not to be beaten back by the mob.
According to court documents, Mellis was recorded saying "knock their helmets off" and repeatedly striking at officers with his stick. According to court documents, Mellis appeared to have tried to strike the necks of officers with his stick between their helmets.
The other defendants who were ordered to be held indefinitely while they await trial include a man accused dragging a policeman down steps to be beaten with an American flag, and another man accused leading a group up Capitol steps to confront officers.
Judges have freed the majority of defendants, which includes more than a dozen members of the Oath Keepers, an extremist group. This is the most serious case in the attack. Judges have released three of the Oath Keepers conspirators, who were found to have played a leadership role in the conspiracy.
According to authorities, the Oath Keepers dressed in battle gear and tactical vests in Washington on Jan. 6, as if heading to war in the weeks preceding.