New Yorker Releases New 12-Minute Footage Of Inside View Of Capitol Riot
Luke Mogelson, a veteran war correspondent and contributing writer for the New Yorker, shot footage inside the Capitol, where demonstrators can be seen shouting and searching for lawmakers. At the start of the video, hundreds of protesters can be seen storming the Capitol, and some are heard yelling profanities at police officers.
When inside, one man is heard yelling at an officer that “there’s a f—ing million of us out there, and we are listening to Trump, your boss.”
Chants of “Treason!” followed by “defend your liberty! defend your Constitution!” can later be heard as protesters marched through the halls of Congress.
In the Senate chamber, one protester is heard calling for them to set up their own government, while others shout, asking where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is. Some began rifling through the desks of lawmakers and taking photos of documents. One woman points out that she found Sen. Ted Cruz’s objection to Arizona’s election results.
“There’s got to be something in here we can use against these f—ing scumbags,” one man is heard saying.
At one point, a man is seen sitting on the ground, bleeding from his face but declining medical help. He is heard telling somebody on the phone that he was shot in the face with “some kind of plastic bullet.”
The footage also captures a close view of Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman,” who became widely known after sporting a fur headdress and red, white, and blue face paint.
Chansley is seen sitting in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair, calling him a “f—ing traitor,” and asking another man to take a picture of him.
Chansley, an Arizona man, is currently facing charges with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Toward the end of the video, tear gas is dispersed onto the protesters, and some begin destroying media equipment. One man attempts to light the equipment on fire. At the end, a man goes on a tirade about hunting down members of the media, with another man shouting, “We are at war!”
According to the New Yorker, the footage was “not originally intended for publication” but documented a “historic event and serves as a visceral complement” to Mogelson’s reporting.
The FBI continues to seek out perpetrators who took part in breaching the Capitol. Many have been charged already. On Thursday, the FBI revealed that more than 100 people had been arrested for their actions in the siege, and over 200 suspects had been identified.
Since the riot, local and federal officials in and around Washington, D.C., are increasing security efforts ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Around 20,000 armed National Guardsmen will be on-site for the event.
Author: Mica Soellner
Source: Washington Examiner: New Yorker releases new 12-minute footage of inside view of Capitol riot