The focus of this rally was to be on those who have been arrested with non-violent crimes since January 6, who are still being detained. The people behind the rally say that the indefinite detention undermines the constitutional rights of those people. And they are very careful in saying that they are separating people with nonviolent crimes, largely those trespassing inside the US Capitol, with people who have violent crimes like assaulting police officers.
We know of approximately 600 people arrested for the January 6 crimes with charges leveled against them for approximately 200 or more violent crimes. There are others that have charges of trespassing and lesser crime. Now, when you talk to those counter protesters here, they say this is a dangerous message. They say the justice system locks people off indefinitely for petty crimes, including petty drug offenses, and they think there’s a rush that doesn’t understand it.
Now, the big question, of course, is what we’ve been waiting to see and the various reactions we’ve come to prepared for what security will look like here. How big was the crowd? Was there any violence? And there was no violence. It was a peaceful crowd. It was not a huge crowd, I would say, in the hundreds, maybe 500 or so, maybe a little more, give or take. Michael, however, how big the crowd was, it was difficult to ascertain, as the truth is that perhaps as many members of the media covering the event were supporters of the cause of the rally.