Washington, D.C. — The Capitol Riots on Jan. 6 will go down in history as one of the most finely dissected events in modern times, surpassing the Zapruder film.
But even with public scrutiny of the attack, the FBI refuses to release over 14,000 hours of footage. So much for the federal government’s transparency.
Admittedly, due to incompetent leadership and political decision-making police protecting the Capitol Building were put into a no-win situation.
As much as I would like to rehash several stupid security decisions preceding the long-expected gathering of Trump supporters and extremists around the Capitol building on the day, I will let them stand under their own (lack of) merit.
However, some videos on that day are surfacing: It appears now from a time-stamped series of videos (based on a restored Parler video archive) that the Capitol protests escalated into riots in conjunction with police lobbing pepper spray and stun grenades into the crowd.
The Electoral College was expected to certify the 2020 election so it still seems that the National Guard and Capitol Police presence should have been larger in advance, as Donald Trump was reported to have desired prior to the event.
Those officers present certainly should have been better prepared to handle the expected mob.
The time-stamped videos preceding and following the Electoral College certification reveal the build up to the escalation of the Capitol Riots scene.
There are a few important times to reference, as a New York Times timeline points out. (I think the NY Times consistently distorts the incidents for effect.)
12:49 p.m. — West of the Capitol grounds law enforcement responds to a pipe bomb threat reported to be at the RNC and DNC headquarters. (A classic diversionary tactic used by extremist and terrorist groups)
12:53 p.m. — The New York Times reports that the “first barriers were breached” at the Northwest side of the Capitol. The New York Times then claims “the group clashes with a small contingent of officers.” What the video clip actually shows is a police officer shoving back an old man.
1:00 — The Washington Post reports that “hundreds” of Trump supporters begin filing into the Capitol grounds. I presume this would include far-right and other extremists.
1:03 p.m. — Nancy Pelosi, in conjunction with Vice President Mike Pence begins certifying the state election results.
1:11 p.m. — On the East side of the Capitol, all appears to be relatively calm
1:12 p.m. — The NY Times then claims that this was Trump’s “call to action” that set off the powder keg-although it was easily twenty minutes after and a mile and a half away after the purported first “breach” of the barricades. Back to the West side of the Capitol building videos show police and extremists exchanging chemical spray.
1:17 p.m. — While on the East side, flag-waving and chants of “USA!” appears to be relatively under control, although the crowd is getting louder
1:19 p.m. — There is video of police launching pepper ball guns and stun grenade launchers on the protesters. “Peaceful protest!” is getting shouted repeatedly.
1:24 p.m. — Jack Posobiec obtained a video that shows a crowd that has still remained still fairly under control although people are upset, but it is not a riot. Yet.
1:25 p.m. — The crowd starts booing the police. A flashbang being launched directly at a protester starts the avalanche.
1:25 p.m. — A woman starts complaining about the police attacking “Blue Lives Matter” supporters — and then the volley of stunners starts to fly. “They’re shooting into their own people,” she laments. “We’re supposed to be supporting Blue Lives Matter. We represent Blue Lives and this is what they do to us!”
“When Black Lives Matter say Blue Lives don’t, we say you do,” she shouted. “And this is what you do?”
I am reasonably certain that if the police had fired indiscriminately into a Black Lives Matter protest the media would be breathlessly describing how it was on the Police that the protest had escalated into a riot.
As the American media has raging antipathy for Trump supporters, it routinely ignores the complicated dynamics of the Jan. 6 event and totally discounts as “conspiracy” the roles of extremists, agitators, and FBI informants in turning the political protest into something much bloodier.
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