#JusticeforJ6 Expands Nationwide


Veterans attending Justice for J6 rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Zaria Oates/ Gaylord News)

Rallies are scheduled across the nation this weekend to support those arrested following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.

New York, Texas and other states will have #JusticeforJ6 rallies supporting those arrested Jan. 6 for non-violent crimes. No protest is scheduled in Oklahoma. Organizers are demanding answers about the treatment of those charged who are still in jail awaiting trial.

“They had cells with black mold on the corners,” said Jeff Zink.

Jeff Zink’s son, Ryan Zink of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested and charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, knowingly entering or remaining in restricted areas and engaging in an act of physical violence.

“He was not allowed to see his attorney or his family members,” Jeff Zink said. “He went as many days as five without shaving or showering.”

Dominick Usman traveled from New York to Washington to attend last Saturday’s rally at the Capitol.  He is returning home to New York to attend this Saturday’s demonstration in his home state.

“I’m here to support freedom, to say ‘America, wake up’,” Dominick Usman said.

The J6 protestors want media coverage of their demonstrations, but at the same time admit they don’t trust journalists.  A man who would only identify himself as a Washington-based attorney said he thinks the media is no longer impartial.

“Personally, I think the media has sort of stopped being an unbiased media for some time,” he said.

Matt Braynard, executive director of Look Ahead America’s, which is organizing the protests, discouraged participants from heckling the press.

“We’re not boo’ing our press,” Braynard said. “They’re our friends today.”

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