Capitol Police Join MPD, Other Agencies to Monitor Weekend Protests

Posted April 11, 2003 at 1:00pm

Capitol Police officers will team with the Metropolitan Police Department this weekend to patrol anti-globalization and anti-war demonstrations in the District of Columbia.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberlie Bolinger said the agency will divide its attention between covering Capitol Hill and assisting MPD.

An MPD spokeswoman declined to specify how many officers will be on hand to monitor the protests, but said the department will be assisted by nine other law-enforcement agencies, including the Capitol Police. The others are: the Maryland and Virginia state police departments, the Baltimore, Greenbelt, Howard, Prince William and Fairfax County police, and U.S Mint officers.

International A.N.S.W.E.R. is organizing a rally and march on Saturday that will begin at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, travel through downtown Washington to the offices of various media organizations, the Justice Department and FBI headquarters, before concluding at Farragut Square. The march was originally scheduled to meet at the Washington Monument but moved due to recent rainfall.

The Citizens United Foundation and Young America’s Foundation, meanwhile, will hold a rally to show support for the U.S. military on the Mall from noon to 3 p.m.

The Latin America Solidarity Coalition has received permits for a march beginning at Meridian Hill Park on 16th Street Northwest. The anti-globalization protest, which beings at 1 p.m. Sunday, is related to meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group.

In response to the planned protests, MPD will use six closed-circuit television cameras, installed for the events. The cameras will be in use from Friday through Sunday, but could be used for an extended time depending on circumstances, according to MPD’s Web site.

The cameras are located throughout Northwest D.C., at 16th and Euclid streets; 14th and U streets; 13th Street and New York Avenue; Vermont Avenue and H Street; 18th and I streets; and 19th and H streets.

Additionally, two cameras have been temporarily relocated to monitor Farragut and McPherson squares.