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DC police prepare ahead of Sept. 18 JusticeForJ6 rally at Capitol

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Saturday is an "all-hands-on-deck day" for D.C. police, according to D.C.’s Deputy Director for Public Safety Chris Geldart.

They’re backing the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Park police monitoring a protest rally Saturday by the supporters of the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters. The protesters complain that the punishment for the 600 arrested so far is too harsh.

Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger says part of being prepared means the fencing will go back up around the Capitol.

Geldart says he also led a couple of dozen city workers to H Street NE, where the H Street Festival returns Saturday after a hiatus last year because of COVID-19.

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With a recent uptick in gun violence, Geldart and city workers passed out fliers calling for attendees of this year’s festival to call 911 if they see gun toters. The deputy mayor said while D.C. will help the federal partners, its main interest is keeping city streets safe.

In addition to the protest and festival, the Nats will have a game Saturday at Nats Park and the Howard U-Hampton U football game will kick off Saturday at Audi Field.

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