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Louis Farrakhan Rally in D.C. This Weekend
Capitol Police warned of violence ahead of Million Man March rally
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police Department's intelligence office has warned its officers that violence is a possibility this weekend as a rally commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, and the department's union president is unhappy about it.
This weekend's rally is organized by the Nation of Islam, led by Louis Farrakhan, and the intelligence office of the Capitol Police said last month in an email newsletter that Farrakhan "has been accused of inciting violence against both Caucasians and police officers."
Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine tells The Washington Post that the newsletter was "rescinded as it was not authorized, reviewed, or approved by the Chief of Police, adding that the department "prides itself on protecting the rights of people to peaceably assemble under the First Amendment."
But James Konczos, president of the Capitol Police officers' union, has called for Dine's resignation, saying in an email that many officers took exception to the "race-baiting" tone of the newsletter.
The newsletter, from the department's Protective Services Bureau of the Division of Intelligence and Information Analysis, acknowledges that the original Million Man March and its follow-up event, 2000's Million Family March, were peaceful.
Indeed, fears of violence this weekend so far center around anti-Muslim protesters who are scheduled to demonstrate at 20 mosques and centers nationwide, including one organizer who has called on supporters to bring guns to these demonstrations, The Post reports.
Yet the newsletter from the Capitol Police intelligence office says of Farrakhan: "Incendiary, antagonistic, confrontational, race-baiter, are but a few of the adjectives used to describe [him]," adding, "long considered somewhat of an opportunist, [Farrakhan] is no novice when it comes to fanning the flames of fire."
"It is comments like these that contribute to the anti-police movement that has led to officers being murdered," Konczos wrote to the Police Board, a collection of Capitol officials who oversee the department.
"Our officers are well aware of the current problems facing law enforcement, so there was no need for this newsletter to be written, let alone released," Konczos wrote.
The rally, called Justice or Else, is expected to center on police brutality, justice for Native Americans, women and Latinos, and is set for 10 a.m. Saturday. (WTOP News) Read more.
- Father God, we thank You for this "heads up" and advance notice of possible violence breaking out in our city this weekend. We ask that You, Holy God, would step into this situation personally and diffuse any influence that would serve to inflame this tense situation.
Abba Father, we ask for extra angelic protection for those who are sworn to protect us -- our law enforcement officers -- that they might, indeed, "keep the peace" in our city, as they have vowed to do.
And finally, Lord, we take note that David's Tent will remain in the midst of all of this activity. We praise You that, as these worshippers continue to lift up the chorus of worship, day and night, You do inhabit their praises . . . and a canopy of Your Presence will continue to abide over the National Mall throughout this huge event. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray, amen.
- "Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them . . ."
See also: "Capitol Police e-mail raises alert, tension ahead of Million Man rally" - Washington Post
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