New images have emerged of the chaotic scenes, as hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, revealing the terrifying and life-threatening reality that police officers faced as the insurrection attempt intensified around them.
Images allegedly capturing the apparent murder of the police officer emerged today. It is scary and challenging.
Amid chants of “USA, USA”, dozens of protesters can be seen near the Capitol entrance savagely attacking someone, beating them with sticks and other crude weapons.
You hear someone yelling, “Get that son of a bitch out of there!”
The other four people who died in the riot, Kevin Greeson, 55, Benjamin Philips, 50, Ashli Babbitt, 35, and Rosanne Boyland, 34, appear to have been protesters.
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Ms. Babbitt was shot and killed by an unidentified officer, as captured on disturbing video, while attempting to climb through the broken window of a barricaded door inside the Capitol.
Images of Ms. Babbitt’s death again underscored how the protesters were determined to cut through the police and force their way through the closed entrances to the building.
They had previously been whipped into a frenzy at a rally near the White House, where President Trump urged protesters to take action and intimidate Capitol politicians.
The initial images that emerged from the assault on the Capitol appeared relatively harmless.
There were pictures of men in strange suits and others taking selfies and holding the Speaker lectern.
But in images that emerged over the weekend, and in reports that attempted to make sense of the attack, a darker and more violent belly has been exposed.
A Reuters The photo editor who was at the riot said he heard at least three protesters say they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and hang him from a Capitol tree for being a traitor.
In another video, a crowd can be seen yelling and yelling for Pence to be hanged.
Mr. Pence was at the Capitol and they had to take him to safety.
A very disturbing image showed a man dressed in all-black tactical gear in the Senate chamber wearing a handful of zip ties, which law enforcement sometimes use to restrain people.
Other images showed intense crushing around the gates and entrances as the hopelessly outnumbered police tried to hold their own against the invading masses.
There were also attacks against members of the media.
Erin Schaff of The New York Times He then described what happened when the mob saw his Times ID.
“They threw me to the ground, trying to grab my cameras. I started screaming for help as loud as I could,” he said.
“No one came. People just looked. At this point, I thought they could kill me and no one would stop them. They ripped off one of my cameras, smashed a lens from the other and ran away.”
She fled and found a place to hide.
A new ABC News / Ipsos A poll released today found that more than half of Americans, 56%, believe that Trump should be removed from office before his term ends.
And two-thirds of those surveyed, 67 percent, said they deserve a “good deal” or “a lot” of blame for last week’s riots.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that the House will attempt to pass a unanimous consent resolution tomorrow calling on Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office; It is the first time that he has definitively said that the House will move to accuse him.
If the resolution is not passed with unanimous consent, and most likely not likely to offer Republican resistance, the measure will go to a full vote Tuesday.
The resolution will ask Mr. Pence to respond within 24 hours.