New video from Jan.6 shows three hours of assault on police
The assault on Lower West Terrace was one of the most violent confrontations between the Capitol Police and the mob. Officers held the line until the building was cleared without letting rioters in. Some officers have since said they were unaware the Capitol had already been breached in other areas.
The video, taken from a Capitol Hill security camera, has no sound. It begins when the officers retreat, helping each other as they stumble inside and wash their eyes with chemical spray water. Rioters crowd behind them, coordinating efforts to attack and break through in infamous moments that have haunted the public and officers since then.
Once rioters invaded the platform built for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, each officer retreated into the tunnel to take up position, firing projectiles at the rioters as they began to enter. Members of the crowd climbed on top of each other, brandishing fists and sticks in the direction of the police. Brawls erupted throughout the assault, with rioters punching and kicking frontline officers.
Police were able to push the rioters to the edge of the tunnel entrance more than half an hour after the assault began, using pepper spray and their batons against the crowd. Yet after a long standoff with the police, the rioters launched a second attack on the row of officers.
Weapons used by rioters
During the grueling attack, the rioters not only used weapons but everything they could get their hands on the police, hitting them with metal poles, throwing furniture and a loudspeaker, spraying a fire extinguisher. and pepper spray, using crutches to hit the police and assaulting the police with punches and kicks.
The rioters also used items taken from the police, including riot shields which they continued to pass through their ranks to push against the police, and batons with which they assaulted the police. At one point in the video, a person can even be seen throwing fireworks at the line of officers.
Prosecutors have arrested and charged dozens of rioters for their role in the gruesome battle inside the Lower West Terrace tunnel.