Below are first-hand accounts of three witnesses who visited the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Summary of the two witnesses who both made their way up the steps on the west side of the Capitol, to the police line:
- “It was NOT a riot. The best description is a mosh pit.
- I DIDN’T SEE ANTIFA in this area – although there was an agitator with a megaphone that witnesses believed to have been a plant
- Witnesses saw NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND among the demonstrators. Nothing was thrown away either.
- Witnesses heard NO THREATS against the police. People verbally requested access to the public building to witness the actions of Congress.
- The police had neither a megaphone nor a public address system. The police made no announcement. The police did not tell the crowd to disperse; the police gave no warning of tear gas firing or the use of batons; the police did not declare a gathering illegal.
- Police refused to speak with one of the protesters on the steps of the West Capitol.
- Congress did not send any members or staff to address the crowd. Given the good nature of the crowd, witnesses believe that everyone on the steps of the Western Capitol would have held back if someone had addressed someone – even saying, “Here’s what happening – we hear you – we are working to allow some people to enter the gallery. “
- Witnesses did not see anyone in the crowd behind the violence. Police unleashed acts of violence (boxed protesters) without warning or justification.
- The press was not visible. (This applies not only to the Capitol Steps, but the entire walk from the Washington Monument to the Capitol – I’ve never seen the press.)
WITNESS # 1 – in the first row at the top of the steps on the west side of the Capitol building
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- Witness is a business professional in his 50s.
- The witness stood between the growing crowd behind him and the police line ahead. He saw a policeman fall near him and heard protesters say, “We have to help the police” – then he saw marchers lift the policeman to his feet. –
- A policeman repeatedly punched the witness in the kidney area and on the side of the body.
- A witness reported that being repeatedly punched by a police officer hurt the most the first time an area was hit, especially the kidney. He yelled defiantly, “Is that all you got?” You hit like a girl. He then turned and saw a woman hitting him, and a man nearby laughed.
- The witness was subjected to tear gas, without warning or request to disperse.
- The witness saw a marker in front of him which was beaten with a baton by a police officer. The witness stretched his hand around the person like a bear hug, and when the stick approached again, the witness grabbed the stick with both hands and then immobilized it against the person’s body. He looked at the policeman and said, “Are we done now?” Shortly after the witness let go of the stick, all of the police withdrew inside the Capitol building.
WITNESS # 2
- Witness is a business professional in his 50s
- The witness was in the same general vicinity as the first witness
- The witness was subjected to tear gas without warning or request to disperse.
- The witness saw a policeman raise a baton over his head; the officer began to potentially drop it on the head of an innocent walker – the witness and another walker grabbed the stick and took it from the policeman. The stick disappeared into the crowd and was no longer used.
- As the police retreated to the Capitol, this witness took a direct pepper spray hit in the eye. He was blinded for several minutes. Members of the crowd took him to a volunteer doctor. The police had no doctors. The doctor helped rinse him off with water, which meant he was soaked in cold weather. An elderly couple volunteered and brought it back by hand for a quarter mile to meet me. He said the tear gas was bad, but it was more dispersed, so he was able to hold it down. But the pepper spray was a direct blinding hit.
WITNESS # 3
MY OBSERVATIONS – HOURS IMMERSED IN THE CROWD, FROM THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT TO THE MARKET CONSTITUTION AVE. AND THE GATHERING WEST OF THE REFLECTIVE POND.
- AN ALWAYS PEACEFUL AND MAGNIFICENT CROWD – THIS MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED – I STILL FEEL VOICELESS AS EVEN THIS GREAT MARKET HAS NOT RESULTED FROM MAIN RECOGNITION OF LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT ELECTION FRAUD. IT’S ABOUT FINDING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ELECTION, ESPECIALLY THE SIX STATES OF Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Penn. and Wisconsin.
- Nice crowd including people with disabilities courageously walking on crutches; old ladies in wheelchairs; several ladies in “Rascal” type scooters; families and children; many different minorities; young and old; a wide variety of creative and colorful patriotic outfits; people with dogs from small Pomeranians and Westies to a very large wolfhound.
- I spoke with people from all over the country, even from “blue” states like Massachusetts, Minnesota, California and New York.
- Real base – NOT ASTROTURF – lots of homemade signs and a wide variety of flags.
- Chinese Americans were perhaps the most visible minority – many hats and signs read “END the CCP”. I spoke with several of those people who were very concerned about the CCP’s tactics coming to the United States.
- I saw and heard an agitator in camouflage uniform in our viewing area near the Ellipse who unsuccessfully attempted to disrupt the President’s speech, but the event was extremely dominated by ordinary people.
- From the Washington Monument to the Capitol, there was not a single Porta pot or public restroom visible. Most of the neighboring restaurants were also closed.
- As a not very strong middle aged woman, I felt 100% safe all day while walking and standing in crowds.
- ABSENT POLICE: From the Washington Monument to the Capitol area, the only police / security evidence I saw were snipers on various rooftops, and snowplows, etc. blocking the roads (but empty of personnel). Someone from inside the DOJ building was looking out a window with a large camera.
EXAMPLES OF DOUBLE STANDARDS IN THE TREATMENT OF FIRST AMENDMENT PROTESTANTS:
This report is consistent with our report from other firsthand witnesses after Wednesday’s event (videos):
“We had no weapons. We were peaceful. They started shooting at us. Police attacked protesters with pepper, tear gas and clubs.