Law enforcement officers escorted an undercover colleague away from a peaceful demonstration in Washington, on Sept. 18.
Capitol Police swiftly removed a cop in plain-clothes from the Justice for J6 rally, after realizing he was one of them.
A video has gone viral on the internet, showing a masked man being questioned for carrying what appears to be a handgun.
When the suspect shows his weapon, he identifies himself as a police officer. He also shows his badge before the item is confiscated.
“I am just here,” he said in the video shared on YouTube.
His fellow officers suddenly realize they blew the suspect’s cover, and remove him from the rally without disarming or handcuffing him.
News2Share editor-in-chief Ford Fischer suspects the undercover cop could have attended the rally because he supports the cause.
“Other than undercover, he could have hypothetically been simply masked and off-duty with his badge and gun concealed,” he said on Twitter.
The masked man claimed “I’m just here” when asked if he’s undercover as he presented a badge to justify the gun he was apparently wearing, before being pulled out.— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) September 18, 2021
Other than undercover, he could have hypothetically been simply masked & off duty with his badge and gun concealed. https://t.co/W9OagHNMij
U.S. Capitol Police does not know why the undercover police officer was there. The department eventually charged the cop with unlawful activities under “40 U.S. Code § 5104.”
At 1:30 pm, someone spotted what appeared to be a handgun on a man in the crowd. The witness told USCP officers, who detained the suspect. At this time, it is not clear why the man was at the demonstration. Officers charged him with 40 U.S. Code § 5104 – Unlawful activities.— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) September 18, 2021
Justice for J6 was organized to protest in solidarity with those detained and charged following the Capitol riots on Jan. 6. Many of those affected complained about being unfairly treated during detention.
The rally attracted about 400 to 450 people. This was four times higher than mainstream media estimates of about 100 attendees.
The event gained so much attention it even drew counter protests according to The Hill.
BL understands there were more law enforcement officials than rally-goers outside the Capitol building. The heavy police presence ensured there was no repeat of the Capitol siege.
The event was organized by U.S. candidate Joe Kent (R-Wash.) who is challenging incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) in the 2022 midterm election. Kent believes detainees have been held behind bars for too long.
“You had Black Lives Matter and Antifa, they were blinding police with lasers, burning down buildings, [and] looting cities,” activist John Balazek said according to the publication. “They had [Vice President] Kamala Harris bail them out of jail.”
“How are these people more of a threat than actual murderers?” the 58 year-old added. “This is the kind of crap that happens in China, where you have political prisoners who are rounded up and disappeared.”
A total of four people were detained at the rally according to Capitol Police.