Police officials exchanged warnings of Antifa, Black Lives Matter ‘blending in’ with Jan. 6 crowds
Recently released documents reveal that law enforcement officers were worried that far-left activists might “attempt” to blend in with Trump supporters at Jan. 6, protests, and cause trouble “especially around cameras .”
In an email sent Jan. 5, a U.S. Capitol Police Intelligence and Interagency Coordination Division officer alerted several federal and law enforcement agencies to a tweet about Antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors in Baltimore and Washington, “already busing people into to disrupt January 6th
The email was sent to the U.S. Park Police Department of Homeland Security and Transportation, Washington Metro Police Department, and Department of Transportation. It was one of 300 pages of U.S. Park Police records relating to Jan. 6th riot, which Judicial Watch obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
“Orders to dress up as ‘MAGA’ cause trouble, especially around cameras,” reads the tweet shared by an official at the USCP. “At night arson was ordered. Trump supporters at .”
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In an email, the official stated to law enforcement colleagues that he had received multiple replies saying that BLM activists and Antifa activists would wear MAGA hats backwards and wear camouflage to blend in with the MAGA crowd .”
News outlets such as The Washington Times reported that leftist activists were present among the crowd storming the Capitol during and after the Jan. 6, riot.
While law enforcement found far-right extremists among the crowds of demonstrators, no Antifa activists or other far-left activists could be identified. The Times corrected its incorrect report.
However, the emails show that law enforcement officials were aware of the possibility of leftist activists agitating as they prepared to protest. The emails do not allow the officials to evaluate the credibility of the tweet.
“This man’s Twitter account says he is a US Senate candidate in 2022,”, the email states. “He retweets many things from Lin Wood .”
The account that published the tweet referred to by officials was since suspended.
Law enforcement officers were also concerned about possible counter-protestors clashing pro-Trump demonstrators Jan. 6, according a U.S. Park Police Incident Briefing that day.
The incident briefing note was also obtained through the FOIA lawsuit. It details several rallies that will take place during the day, and the anticipated attendance for each one based on social media posts.
The report identified the Women for America First’s March for Trump, which featured President Trump and his family members as keynote speakers, as a potential flashpoint.
” This group has the potential to attract counter-protesters in a similar fashion to November and December 2020,”, according to the report.
“Multiple acts de violence were committed in downtown Washington, D.C., during and following similar events hosted by the same organizer .”
A spokesperson for Capitol Police told The Times that just the email exchange does not prove that officials believed the claim to be credible.
“Intelligence and law enforcement agencies across this region receive a lot of tips about social media chatter,” the spokesperson said.
“There are no signs that the information contained in that chatter online was credible .”
Utah resident John Sullivan, who sold riot footage from inside the Capitol to new outlets for upwards of $35,000, was later arrested for being inside the Capitol. He described himself as a Black Lives Matter activist and founder of InsurgenceUSA, which Utah-based Deseret News called “a social justice organization… that calls itself antiracist and protests the police brutality
Mr. Sullivan claims he was an independent journalist on January 6th and denies any affiliation with Antifa . Prosecutors stated that Sullivan was not associated with any news outlet and didn’t have press credentials on January. 6.