Agence France-Presse reports:
“Law enforcement’s goal during the entire operational period will be to keep the two groups separated,” DC Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters, as he added a warning to anyone coming to the city threatening violence.
“If you come here with the intent to hurt someone or break something, we’re going to put you under arrest,” said Newsham. All firearms will be banned from the protest site, including those legally carried by licensed gun owners, he stressed.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said she signed an order raising the city’s emergency level to allow for additional resources for safety, traffic management and public works. “We know that our responsibility is to protect First Amendment events, to protect Washingtonians and to protect our city, and we will do just that,” she said.