By Julie Kelly
One might be inclined to apply Hanlon’s razor—never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity—to the actions of law enforcement on January 6, 2021. One might even be inclined to replace “stupidity” with “incompetence” to explain why police behaved the way they did that afternoon.
But a growing body of evidence suggests neither stupidity nor incompetence can justify what now appears to be the worst incident of police brutality against political protesters since the civil rights era. After two years of watching cherry-picked video clips produced by the Department of Justice and the news media to depict Trump supporters as the violent aggressors on January 6, the public now has an opportunity to see what really happened thanks to police body camera footage released at trial.
It’s ugly—and clearly malicious.
As American Greatness has reported for nearly two years, members of the Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department were involved in egregious acts of excessive force during the Capitol protest. Some use of force, obviously, was necessary. But police officers initiated most of the confrontations with otherwise peaceful protesters lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights in the nation’s capital.
Protesters by and large were not attempting to commit any crime and did not know the entire lawn surrounding the Capitol building had been declared off-limits. After all, police officials have since admitted that by the time people who attended Donald Trump’s speech arrived at the Capitol, signage and fencing indicating the campus was closed had been torn down.
The conclusion of Trump’s speech at around 1:10 p.m. coincided nearly to the minute with law enforcement’s first use of munitions on protesters assembled on the west side of the Capitol. Roughly 20 minutes earlier, a police barricade of metal racks on the far exterior of the grounds had been breached. But footage captured by the body camera of a D.C. Metro police officer showed that law enforcement had successfully pushed a growing crowd away from the building by 1:15 p.m.
Officer Daniel Thau, however, was on a mission. Sounding alternatively like a mad man or a bully, Thau desperately pleaded with other officers to give him munitions to use against the crowd despite a relatively controlled atmosphere outside.
“Over the more than 75 minutes that Thau was behind the police lines at ground level, he was like a one-man strike force,” Epoch Times reporter Joe Hanneman observed in a detailed analysis of Thau’s footage. “He felled at least four protesters with a Taser, tossed countless explosives into the crowd, and fired a munition launcher with a 40-millimeter shell at point-blank range over the barricade.”
By 2:15 p.m., Thau recognized it was a pointless exercise. “It’s useless. We’re just fucking shooting zombies, man. We’re shooting zombies. That’s it.”
Further, Thau admitted, the unwarranted attacks were backfiring. “We’re taking out one and 10 are getting more angrier [sic]. We’re multiplying them by hitting them.” Even worse, police misused chemical gas munitions, resulting in injuries to fellow officers who then retreated from the reinforced line.
People inside the building didn’t fare much better. Whether they climbed in through broken windows or walked through open doors, protesters eventually filled various areas of the Capitol including the Rotunda—and were met by police officers in full riot gear including helmets, ballistic vests, eye shades, gas masks, and metal batons.
And again, despite no attempts to commit violence or vandalism there, protesters were subjected to harsh punishment by the police. Cops shoved and punched people who were seemingly trapped inside the Rotunda, unsure how to exit. “Do you feel big and strong now?” one woman is heard saying on body camera footage from D.C. Metro Police Officer Terrence Craig. “Does that get you off pushing around a bunch of women? A bunch of fucking unarmed women?”
Men witnessed an officer shove another woman without provocation. “Sergeant, take care of that officer right now!” one protester yelled at police. “She’s gonna cause real problems.” People can be heard screaming in pain; one unidentified officer is seen repeatedly punching someone on the floor.
It’s important to note that lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence had been evacuated by that point. Police could have easily escorted people outside, locked the doors, and instructed those remaining outside it was time to leave.
Instead, protesters were used as human punching bags and target practice.
Four Trump supporters lost their lives. Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Byrd shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed female veteran, at 2:44 p.m.
Prior to her execution, two men on the west side of the Capitol grounds—the location where Officer Thau and his colleagues had launched an assault on protesters—suffered fatal heart attacks at the same time. Independent journalist Tayler Hansen documented he circumstances of the deaths of Benjamin Phillips and Kevin Greeson around 2:00 p.m. on January 6. “The first grenade was thrown deep into the peaceful protesters,” Hansen wrote in an analysis. “Following the initial crowd munition exploding, four of the first grenades can be seen and heard on video in under 30 seconds.”
“Both Greeson and Phillips died in the initial grenade barrage,” Hansen concluded.
His account appears to be supported by first responders called to the scene. “We started hearing explosions that later turned out to be flashbangs or smoke grenades,” one D.C. firefighter explained in a video produced by the city’s Emergency Medical Services in 2021.
“The tension in the crowd was getting higher and higher as the flashbang grenades were going off around us,” Gary Dziekan, a D.C. emergency medical technician, said in the video. Police continued throwing grenades as paramedics attempted to reach the two stricken men.
“It was just an unexplained—why was he in cardiac arrest?” paramedic Glenn Hanna said. “Nobody knew so they were thinking maybe he got injured, maybe it was a stun grenade, maybe he tased himself.”
Other calls flooded in to report injuries. While conveniently leaving out the identity of the responsible party, one dispatcher told first responders someone “shot a grenade at the patient’s face, his teeth are out, mouth bleeding.” Some protesters were set on fire from the impact of the flashbangs.
But perhaps no one suffered a more cruel fate than Rosanne Boyland, a Trump supporter from Georgia. Video posted by Gateway Pundit on Thursday shows people attempting to resuscitate Boyland near the lower west terrace tunnel, the scene of the most violent clashes between police and protesters. This is where officers viciously beat another female Trump supporter, as I reported here in 2021.
Boyland likely suffocated after being hit with noxious chemical gas in the enclosed area then trampled as police forcefully pushed people outside the tunnel, even though the building had been empty for nearly two hours.
It’s the first time Boyland’s lifeless body is seen in full view. Desperate protesters then drag her body to a line of officers and plead for help. But the cops kept attacking people and seemed unconcerned with her condition. One officer identified as Lila Morris reportedly beat Boyland’s dead body with a metal baton as she laid face up on the ground.
Nancy Pelosi wanted blood that day. How deeply was she involved in Roseannes and Ashley’s homicide. One wonders what her instructions to Capitol Police were.
Pelosi’s instructions to the thugs on the capital police force were to invite them in then kill as many as they could. RIP Rosanne Boyland and Ashli Babbit. These murderers have the blood of many Patriots on their hands, but I am sure that they don’t realize that they will spend eternity in Hell.
She hired her daughter’s film crew to record it all, refused to call out the National Guard and covered up her crimes by keeping Republicans off J6 committee She herself placed two RINO’s that Republican leadership didn’t want there on it because she knew they would go along with the false narrative.
Body cam videos of Pelosi attack released. EVERYTHING you said about it was a typical load of right-wing crap.
Just like everything you say about bastard Trump’s January 6 riot is a TOTAL LOAD OF CRAP.
If you would bother to look at the videos NOT hand picked by the lying January 6th committee you would see exactly what incited the violence. But, I guess you simply aren’t that bright.
The left created the scenario for all the speculation. You might work on your credibility to prevent future mistakes. Now, shall we address YOUR faulty assessments of:
Russian interference in 2016 election
The Covington kids
Trump’s Zelensky phone call
Idiot Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal
Russian bounties on US soldiers
Trump insulting veterans
“Nazis are fine people”
COVID death count
If I wanted to dedicate more time to it, I’m sure I can come up with more. I’d say this is plenty to establish your penchant for jumping to always false conclusions.
The left is not responsible for the unhinged rumor mongering of the right-wing media. One bullshit theory gets shot down, and they just move on to the next. Then they circle back to where they started, repeating the same bullshit as before.
What right wing media? You dont even read them you take 2nd hand filtered information from MSM who have lied to you for years.
From Rittenhouse had his rifle illegally to the smirking kid that attended a pro life rally. Lie after lie after lie.On film the Capitol police beat a woman to death dragging her lifeless body around then lying about her cause of death.
Shooting an unarmed veteran at point blank range.
Political prisoners 2 years with no charges, kangaroo courts.
Right wing media is what I’m observing here. This is a little bit of the whole, providing an accurate sampling of the whole.
Not an answer as usual what right wing media?
I guess a fish can’t see the water it swims in.
Or in your case, they can…
Right wing media didn’t create the videos showing without doubt or confusion that the Capital Police initiated the violence. It was also not right wing media that suppressed this exculpatory evidence in order to CREATE an alternative narrative of what happened, exploiting an embarrassing American tragedy for Democrat’s political agenda, the agenda of weakening America.
Why don’t you provide a “right wing” example of media promoting something on the scope and scale of “Russian collusion” or even “insurrection”.
We’ll wait…. for you to simply ignore the question and continue with more lies.
the greg account is just trolling. It’s programed to state the opposite of what’s observably true.
There. Rendered that down to the basic fact. Now, what “rumor mongering” was being carried out by the “right wing media”? All that was discussed was the possible meaning of certain FACTUAL details in the absence of explanation by those controlled by the Pelosi’s. Like with Obama’s birth certificate, all the speculation can be eliminated by forthcoming facts. Why the lying turd Obama chose to keep his mysterious origination secret while speculation and investigation grew only indicates a desire for divisiveness. And before you inevitably blame Trump for that, remember it was Hillary that created that started that crisis, just like her bullshit started the totally phony Russian collusion lie. Yet, you haven’t reduced your worship of that skank.
In the Pelosi’s case, just as with Paulie’s drunk driving wreck, they feel they deserve to keep their crimes private while making wild accusations against anyone they wish without any effort to provide proof. If the Pelosi’s or Obama or any other Democrat had not destroyed every particle of their credibility they might get the benefit of the doubt in such situations. But Democrats don’t care about credibility as long as they have their lapdog media to cover their tracks for them.
And you can blame NBC (noted “rumor mongering right-wing media” outlet) for generating most of the rumors.
Most of all the Anti-Trump news is lies and faked edited news clips from the M.S. Media Bottom Feeders
As more non-propaganda information comes out, it is obvious that the crowd was simply too peaceful to suit the left that was needing some justification to further attack Trump. So, Epps and his gang of FBI operatives tore down the barricades and the Capital police stampeded the peaceful crowd with grenades and gas.
There’s the indictment of the January 6th committee. Does anyone think they accidentally missed all this evidence? Does anyone believe that committee was anything but a propaganda prop with a pre-determined politically useful outcome. That’s today’s Democrats.