In Friday’s “CNN Newsroom,” co-host and chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto reported that after the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade, “Capitol Police Warn Far-Right Calls for Violence Against Religious Group That Plans to Rally for Abortion Rights.”
Sciutto said: “This morning, law enforcement officials are bracing for potential violence in the capital and across the country after this draft Supreme Court opinion leaked that would overturn Roe vs. Wade after 50 years. Capitol Police are warning that the far right is calling for violence against a religious group that plans to rally for abortion rights.
CNN law enforcement correspondent Whitney Wild added that law enforcement sources “tell us they are closely monitoring social media discussions that suggest there is potential for violence against abortion clinic providers, abortion clinic staff, members of the judiciary – that would include judges here – as well as members of the federal government. And what we know after January 6th, and what what law enforcement across the country know is that social media chatter can turn into real violence….And federal law enforcement officials held a call with about 150 attendees in across the country to warn them of protests that have resulted in clashes, the possibility of future protests, as well as the potential for violence.So that’s what’s happening across the country.Here in Washington, there’s evidence ves material that law enforcement officials and officials – congressional officials, Supreme Court officials here are concerned about the possibility that protests could erupt.
After discussing the barriers that have arisen around the Supreme Court, Wild concluded, “The bottom line here is that while these protests, for the most part…here in Washington at least, have been peaceful, there have been some clashes. , but no physical eruptions, no real serious acts of violence here. Because the police were able to intervene. They are very concerned about this, with MPD keeping some of these police resources, at least until Sunday.
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