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USCP Prepared for September 18 Demonstration

September 13, 2021
Press Release

The United States Capitol Police is aware of concerning online chatter about a demonstration planned for September 18.

“We are here to protect everyone’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest,” said Chief Tom Manger. “I urge anyone who is thinking about causing trouble to stay home. We will enforce the law and not tolerate violence.”

Today the Capitol Police Board approved a plan to temporarily put up a fence around the Capitol Building. When the inner-perimeter fence was taken down in July, USCP leaders noted that from time to time, they may exercise the ability to enhance security around the Capitol Complex.

Last week the Capitol Police Board issued an emergency declaration, which will go into effect about the time of the demonstration and allow the Department to deputize outside law enforcement officers as United States Capitol Police Special Officers.

“We want to reassure everyone these are temporary measures to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Chief Manger. “We are extremely grateful for the support we continue to receive from the local community and our Congressional stakeholders as we carry out our critical mission.”

Since January 6, the USCP has improved training, created a Critical Incident Response Plan, acquired additional equipment and technology, and launched a now Department-wide operation planning process.

Throughout the last month, the USCP has held planning meetings for the demonstration and continues to share important intelligence information with officers, our law enforcement partners, and Congress.

The United States Capitol Police will continue to ensure that each individual’s right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is protected.

The Public Information Office will continue to share non-security sensitive information with the public.