A shocking new video shows the moment a MAGA rioter threw a fire extinguisher at a cop’s head during last week’s riot at the Capitol.
In the video, police officers are seen trying to fight off a chaotic mob of Trump supporters surging towards barriers and trying to get up steps towards the House and Senate chambers.
One of the rioters is seen pushing an officer off the ledge of the building and into a group of cops who were trying to keep others at bay.
Moments later, another rioter comes out of nowhere and throws the fire extinguisher at the head of police officers in the crowd. The extinguisher hits one cop in the helmet and then bounces towards another.
It is the same weapon that killed Capitol cop Brian Sicknick, but it’s not clear if he is hit in the video.
In the video, police officers are seen trying to fight off a chaotic mob of supporters of President Donald Trump. One of the rioters is seen pushing an officer off the ledge of the building and into a group of cops who were trying to keep others at bay
Moments later, another rioter comes out of nowhere and hurls the fire extinguisher at the head of police officers in the crowd
It does appear that an officer struck by the extinguisher falls to the ground, but it’s unclear if they get back up
Brian Sicknick (pictured), died on Thursday after reportedly having been hit over the head by a fire extinguisher during MAGA riots at the Capitol on Wednesday. It’s not clear if he is the cop in the video
Other rioters are seen launching objects in the three-minute clip that captures the horrifying moment the Capitol building was overrun by members of far right groups, white nationalists, Neo-Nazis and supporters of conspiracy theory QAnon.
Only a few dozen police guarded the West front of the Capitol when they were rushed by thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators bent on breaking into the building.
Armed with metal pipes, pepper spray and other weapons, the mob pushed past the thin police line.
‘They’re getting into the Capitol tonight! They’re getting in,’ the man filming shouts in delight.
They breached the line moments later, and rioters soon broke into the building, taking over the House and Senate chambers and running wild in Statuary Hall and other hallowed symbols of democracy.
The mob ransacked the place, smashing windows and waving Trump, American and Confederate flags. The lawmakers who were voting to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory were forced into hiding for hours.
Throughout the melee, police officers were injured, mocked, ridiculed and threatened.
Sicknick died Thursday night from injuries suffered during the riot.
The melee was instigated by a mob of supporters of Trump who have professed their love of law enforcement and derided the mass police reform protests that shook the nation last year following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
‘We backed you guys in the summer,’ one protester screamed at three officers backed against a door by dozens of men screaming for them to get out of their way. ‘When the whole country hated you, we had your back!’
The rampage shocked the world and left the country on edge, forcing the resignations of three top Capitol security officials over the failure to stop the breach. Lawmakers have demanded a review of operations and an FBI briefing over what they called a ‘terrorist attack’.
Sicknick was the fifth person to die because of the Capitol protest violence.
One protester, a woman from California, was shot dead by Capitol Police, and three other people died after ‘medical emergencies’ related to the breach, including at least who died of an apparent heart attack.
Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during a struggle, two law enforcement officials said.
The officials could not discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Another disturbing video shows a bloodied police officer screaming for help as he’s crushed by protesters inside the Capitol building.
The young officer is pinned between a riot shield and metal door. Bleeding from the mouth, he cries out in pain and screams, ‘Help!’
Other images show police completely overwhelmed by protesters who shoved, kicked and punched their way into the building.
Dozens of rioters, including Jake Angeli (right), have been arrested for the violent siege of the Capitol last week
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has continued to ask for the public’s help with identifying Trump supporters who participated in a riot at the Capitol last week
FBI Cleveland also shared these images on Monday asking for help with identifying the above individuals who actively instigated violence on January 6 in Washington, DC
THE RIOTERS AND THEIR CHARGES SO FAR
Hundreds remain unaccounted for and not everyone who has been arrested has been named.
These are some of the most prominent who have been named and shamed.
Richard Barnett, 60
Charged for breaking into Pelosi’s office. The self-proclaimed White Nationalist boasted about it afterwards.
He even left a threatening note on Pelosi’s desk which read ‘we will not back down’.
Barnett, 60, left the Capitol unstopped. He was eventually arrested in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he is from.
Jake Angeli Chansley aka QAnon Shaman, 33
Jacob Angeli Chansley was arrested on Saturday in connection with the riot.
He was one of the stand-outs from the insurrection because of his outlandish outfit.
He has been charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Adam Johnson, 36
Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to arrest records.
Lonnie Coffman, 70
Charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying without a license.
He had 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck, two handguns, and an M4 Carbine assault rifle.
Bradley Ruskelas – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct
Entering a restricted building, punching a cop
Christopher Alberts – Carrying a 9mm gun
Joshua Pruitt- Entering restricted building
Matthew Council – entering restricted building, disorderly conduct
Cindy Fitchett – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, violent entry
Michael Curzio – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct
Douglas Sweet – entering a restricted buulding , disorderly conduct
Terry Brown – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct
Thomas Gallagher – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct
Protesters attacked police with pipes, sprayed irritants and even planted live bombs found in the area.
Sicknick’s family said Friday that he had wanted to be a police officer his entire life. He served in the New Jersey Air National Guard before joining the Capitol Police in 2008.
Many details regarding the incident remain unknown, and Sicknick’s family urged the public and news media not to make his death a political issue.
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned Thursday under pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders, defended his department’s response, saying officers ‘acted valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in violent riotous actions’.
Two other top security officials, Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger and House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, also resigned.
By Friday, prosecutors had filed 14 cases in federal district court and 40 others in the District of Columbia Superior Court for a variety of offenses ranging from assaulting police officers to entering restricted areas of the Capitol, stealing federal property and threatening lawmakers.
Prosecutors said additional cases remained under seal, dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents and the US attorney in Washington vowed that ‘all options were on the table’ for charges, including possibly sedition.
Among those charged was Richard Barnett, an Arkansas man who was shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi’s office with his boots on the desk. He also wrote a disparaging note to Pelosi. Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen called the photo of Barnett a ‘shocking image’ and ‘repulsive’.
‘Those who are proven to have committed criminal acts during the storming of the Capitol will face justice,’ Rosen said.
Also charged was a West Virginia state lawmaker who posted videos online showing himself pushing his way inside the Capitol, fist bumping with a police officer and then milling around the Rotunda as he shouted ‘Our house!’
The lawmaker, Derrick Evans, was arrested by the FBI at his home on Friday and charged with entering restricted federal property.
Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the Capitol Police Officers’ Union, said he was ‘incredibly proud of the individual officers whose actions protected the lives of hundreds of members of Congress and their staff’.
Once the breach of the Capitol building was inevitable, officers prioritized lives over property, leading people to safety, he said.
‘Not one member of Congress or their staff was injured. Our officers did their jobs. Our leadership did not. Our law enforcement partners that assisted us were remarkable.’
Rep Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who leads a subcommittee that oversees the Capitol Police budget, said Friday that rank-and-file officers ‘were put in a incredibly dangerous situation. And that’s really where my frustration comes in’.
Sund and other leaders are charged with protecting lawmakers, ‘but also making sure that the rank-and-file members are put in situations where they’re as safe as possible and they have the support that they need. And that clearly isn’t the case,’ Ryan said.
Pelosi ordered flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff in Sicknick’s honor.
Other shocking footage emerged from last week’s riot, showing a police officer being yanked out of the building and beaten with a flagpole bearing the American flag.
The footage, circulating online, shows the moment the first officer was hauled out of a door on Wednesday afternoon, and set upon by the frenzied mob of Trump supporters.
The officer has not yet been identified. It emerged on Sunday night as fresh fears grew over another violent insurrection that is being planned for January 17-19 – Trump’s last weekend in office. The plot was being discussed on sites including Parler, which has now vanished from the internet after being ex-communicated by Amazon, Apple and Google.
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has also said she is ‘extremely concerned’ about security over Biden’s inauguration.
She asked for National Guard back-up before the riots last week but was only given 340 unarmed troops. The Capitol Police presence was the same as any ordinary day and the force only has 2,300 cops in total – a fraction of the 10,000-strong mob.
They were ‘left naked’ against the mob in what is now being labeled as one of the worst security lapses in modern history. The last time the Capitol was breached was 1814.
Other shocking footage emerged from last week’s riot, showing a police officer being yanked out of the building and beaten with a flagpole bearing the American flag. The MAGA mob is seen holding down a cop, who has not been identified, and beating him with a baton
So far, at least 82 people have been arrested and more than 55 have been charged over the insurrection. Hundreds more are being hunted by the authorities but are yet to be found, including 25 people who are being investigated on terrorism charges.
The acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin has called the scope of the multi-agency hunt for the rioters ‘unprecedented’.
He has also fumed at Capitol Police for letting so many of them get away, saying it now makes the task of tracking them down more difficult.
He told NPR that staffers are now working round-the-clock to try to identify the criminals from photos and videos taken on the day.
‘I don’t want this tyranny of labels saying this was sedition, this was a coup. But what I will say is, it was criminal,’ he said.
There is no running list of all those charged because the investigation into what happened is being handled by multiple authorities; the DC Metropolitan Police, Capitol Police and the FBI are all running probes, along with prosecutors from the Justice Department.
The Capitol Police did not request National Guard back-up or any other kind of back-up. According to Congressman Jason Crow, the Department of Defense offered support to both Capitol Police and the DC Metropolitan Police but they were told it wasn’t necessary.
They thought that only a few thousand protesters would be there.
On January 6, when they realized the crowd was much larger, back-up was requested at around the same time that the crowd started storming the Capitol.
FEARS OVER MORE ATTACKS ON CAPITOL ON TRUMP’S LAST WEEKEND IN OFFICE AND INAUGURATION
Mayor Muriel Bowser says she is ‘extremely concerned’ about security in the Capitol over the next two weeks. There are expected to be more than 10,000 cops and active military on the ground
There are fears of more attacks on the Capitol over Trump’s last weekend in Office and on Inauguration Day.
According to NPR, one post on Parler – which many of the rioters used to discuss their plans before the attack and which has now vanished from the internet – read: ‘Many of Us will return on January 19, 2021, carrying Our weapons, in support of Our nation’s resolve, to which [sic] the world will never forget!!!”
‘We will come in numbers that no standing army or police agency can match.’
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says she is ‘extremely concerned’ about security in the Capitol on January 20 – Inauguration Day.
Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy also told Congressman Jason Crow that the army was aware of possible further threats and was working to dismantle them.
It remains unclear how many police and armed guards are going to be on the streets of DC over the next two weeks.
After last week’s attack, a 7ft wall was built around the Capitol Building to try to deter more rioters.
By then, the situation was out of hand. There was no plan in place for how to tackle the chaos. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told Crow that 25 domestic terrorism cases have now been opened.
He also said that there are ‘further possible threats’ leading up to Inauguration Day.
In the new video of the cop being attacked, the officer is shown being flung face first onto the Capitol steps and set upon by rioters, who beat him while he was lying defenseless. One used a black baton on him.
Another man is seen giving the middle finger to officers still inside the building, desperately trying to keep the mob back.
The officer dragged from the Capitol has not been identified, but is believed to be a member of the DC Metropolitan Police, not the Capitol Police.
A second member of the Capitol Police, Howard Liebengood, was on duty on Wednesday and died by suicide on Saturday.
Four rioters also died – one woman shot by Capitol Police, and three during medical emergencies.
One of those was apparently trampled in the melee.
At around the same time as the police officer was being dragged from the Capitol and set upon, Trump was recording a video in which he said he ‘loved’ the rioters.
The video was later removed by Twitter, and Trump has since been banned from social media due to his incendiary comments.
At least one Capitol cop is being hailed as a hero for leading the mob away from the Senate floor.
Eugene Goodman was filmed by a reporter trying to fend off the ferocious crowd as they stormed the building.
Armed apparently only with a baton, he was charged by the mob, with Doug Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, Iowa, leading the charge in a QAnon hoodie. Jensen was arrested on Saturday.
Goodman appears to have noticed that the rioters came right up to the entrance of an open door leading straight to the Senate.
At that moment, 2:15pm, according to a detailed analysis by The Washington Post, the Senate doors were unlocked as security tried frantically to protect the Senators inside.
Goodman was filmed glancing to his left and looking at the unlocked door. He then shoved Jensen and started running. The mob gave chase, following him up the stairs. One minute later, the Senate door was locked.
It’s unclear if Goodman knew the door was unlocked at the time, and if him running away was a deliberate diversion tactic.
In either case, it stopped the mob from getting into the Senate floor while the lawmakers were there, and allowed for them to be evacuated.
Goodman has now been widely praised on social media, with mounting calls for him to be awarded the Medal of Valor or Medal of Honor.
‘Thank you, Officer Eugene Goodman,’ tweeted Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King.
Benjamin Crump, the crusading civil rights lawyer known for representing the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and others, heaped praise on the officer.
‘Eugene Goodman deserves the Medal of Valor!’ he said.
‘He could have stepped aside and let Trump insurgents get to the Senate chamber while Senators were still there.
‘Instead, this heroic officer got them to follow him the other direction, giving lawmakers time to escape!’
Jaime Harrison, former candidate for the Senate representing South Carolina, said he may have single-handedly ‘saved our Republic’.
‘The word hero does not appropriately describe officer Eugene Goodman,’ he said. ‘His judgment & heroism may have saved our Republic. I hope consider him for the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is the least we can do.’
Goodman himself hasn’t yet spoken out.