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The DC Church is requesting additional police presence ahead of this weekend’s pro-Jan. 6 rally

The DC Church is requesting additional police presence ahead of this weekend’s pro-Jan.  6 rally

A DC church vandalized during a pro-Trump rally late last year is urging police to step up security as the city prepares for a weekend rally supporting those who performed in the U.S. capital on Jan. 6.

A DC church vandalized during a pro-Trump rally late last year is urging police to step up security as the city prepares for a weekend rally supporting those who performed in the U.S. capital on Jan. 6.

In a letter to DC police, Asbury United Methodist Church pastor Dr. Ianther Mills
expressed concern over the weekend’s demonstration and what it could mean for the congregation’s safety.

“Justice for J6 Rally” takes place on Saturday. The church’s letter points to an intelligence report from the US Capitol Police warning that Jewish centers and liberal churches can be targeted.

The letter stated, “these conditions indicate not only that the physical properties of Asbury United Methodist Church may be at risk of serious vandalism during the upcoming Justice for J6 Rally, but also that our staff and membership are at risk of harassment and injury.”

Church leaders pointed out the arrest and sentencing of Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has led to the chain of events that church leaders say could lead to a weekend of violence.

Tarrio was sentenced to five months in a DC jail for gun charges and burning the church’s BLM flag. But the letter states “most of the reporting from local and national businesses has misleading headlines suggesting that Tarrio was convicted of only burning a banner when the gun prosecutors actually produced the primary verdict.”

“This has resulted in the church and its high priest receiving harassing emails,” the letter said.

DC police said they have discussed these concerns with the Asbury United Methodist and say the department is fully mobilized to ensure public safety this weekend.


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