The crisis management lesson of the “Justice for D6” rally at the United States Capitol
The Capitol police were ready this time. Unlike the January 6 resurrection at the United States Capitol, law enforcement was well prepared for any eventuality at Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rally where there were more police than participants.
The crisis management lesson for business leaders at today’s event was “prevention is better than cure”. The rally which drew hundreds of people ended on Saturday afternoon after about an hour of speeches. There have been no known incidents, according to media reports.
The Washington Post said the event was “… the most anticipated visit by right-wing protesters to the nation’s capital since Jan. 6, and unrest had spread throughout the city by the start of the day. Among other things, police were concerned about the risk of violent clashes between pro-Trump protesters and others on a busy Saturday in Washington… ‘
Take no risk
The police took no risk. On Saturday morning, the United States Capitol Police appointed outside law enforcement personnel as special officers.
According to the New York Post, “Two hours before the rally, a fleet of dump trucks belonging to the District of Columbia lined up to block the city streets for stray protesters, and an olive green Humvee from neighboring Prince George County. , Maryland, was parked outside the Conservatory of the Capitol Botanical Garden.
In the days leading up to the rally, Capitol Police took a series of steps to ensure the January 6 chaos did not happen again. Precautions included relocating security fencing, positioning surveillance and robotic cameras throughout the region, the National Guard on standby, working with federal partners, gathering and using intelligence, and increasing the presence of local police. There were no members, no congresses, no staff inside the Capitol.
At a press conference on Friday, police officials expressed their belief that they had in place solid plans to deal with any violence at the rally and had conducted tabletop and in-person exercises to put in place. practice their responses to various scenarios.
Advice to business leaders
- It’s always best to over-prepare for a crisis.
- If you don’t have a crisis management plan in place yet, have one ready as soon as possible.
- If you have a plan in place, review and update it at least once a year.
- Perform regular tabletop and other exercises to make sure the crisis plan will work when needed.
- Identify and obtain the resources you would need to respond to different crisis scenarios should they become a reality.
- Designate a crisis response team before it is needed and make sure it is familiar with the crisis management plan.