Will the Public Finally See What Happened in the Capitol Tunnel?

Will the Public Finally See What Happened in the Capitol Tunnel? By Julie Kelly.

For months, Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice has tried every trick in the law books to conceal from Americans a massive trove of video evidence that captured all the activity at the Capitol complex on January 6. …

Time, however, is running out for the government.

Despite numerous discovery delays, Garland’s prosecutors are gradually turning over video evidence to defense attorneys as they prepare for trial. …

One of the most scandalous untold stories about January 6 is egregious police misconduct that, in some instances, amounted to brutality by D.C. Metro and U.S. Capitol police. Had these attacks by law enforcement occured in any other public or private setting against leftist protesters, the national outrage would have resulted in mass firings and immediate calls for criminal investigations. …

Example of the how the deep state treats the left — LaFayette Square:

The House of Representatives held two hearings last year related to its investigation into allegations of excessive force by members of the U.S. Park Police in LaFayette Square, located across the street from the White House, on June 1, 2020. Rioters protesting the death of George Floyd occupied the federal park for days, attacked law enforcement, set fires, and looted nearby property, which prompted the Secret Service to move President Trump to a safe location. An inspector general report later confirmed rioters assaulted federal officers with “bricks, rocks, caustic liquids, frozen water bottles, glass bottles, lit flares, rental scooters, and fireworks.”

But LaFayette Square rioters were portrayed as victims rather than perpetrators of the violence. One activist, Kishon McDonald, a 39-year-old Navy veteran, testified to the House Natural Resources Committee in June 2020 that “police started throwing tear gas and flash-bang grenades at us for no reason . . . We were retreating. Using weapons on us was ridiculous. It just made the situation dangerous.” Officers also were accused of hitting protesters with riot shields and batons.

Example of the how the deep state treats the right — the Capitol, Jan 6:

A similar yet more violent situation played out on Capitol Hill on January 6. Open-source video and testimonial evidence show Capitol and D.C. Metro police officers using flashbangs, “sting balls” filled with rubber projectiles, and excessive amounts of tear gas against peaceful protesters assembled outside the building an hour before the building even was breached. Other first-hand accounts describe physical assaults by police; one clip circulated on Twitter in late November shows several D.C. Metro police officers taking down and beating a protester who apparently breached a security line.

At least one protester, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd, although she was unarmed and posed no lethal threat. …

Joseph McBride, a New York-based attorney representing some January 6 defendants, … based on his viewing a three-hour segment of surveillance footage, described police officers punching, kicking, macing, and beating with sticks and their fists several protesters trapped inside the tunnel.

One D.C. Metro Police supervisor was especially abusive, repeatedly beating an unidentified woman. … The woman was punched numerous times in the face; blood was pouring out of her face, according to McBride’s motion. When [protestor Ryan Nichols], who wanted to keep an eye on the targeted woman, sees her attempting to leave the tunnel, “she gets kicked and stomped in the head by an officer. She is screaming, and so are others.”

This still unidentified woman is not Rosanne Boyland, the 34-year-old Trump supporter from Georgia who also died on January 6. The D.C. coroner attributed her death to overdosing on her daily medication of Adderall. …

The political establishment played along with the bureaucrats:

Democrats, most Republicans, and the entire corporate news media not only have ignored provable instances of police brutality on January 6 but suggest “insurrectionists,” including Babbitt, deserved their fate. The same news organizations that for years have covered every angle of alleged police misconduct are selectively quiet when it comes to the egregious behavior by law enforcement during the Capitol protest. …

Can release of the videos change the narrative?

It is nearly impossible to underscore how devastating the release of surveillance video from the “Gates of Hell,” as McBride described the scene inside the west terrace tunnel, will be to the accepted narrative about January 6.

Coupled with other instances of police misconduct that day, including the random and unnecessary use of explosive crowd control devices before any violence took place, January 6 will make LaFayette Square look like a day in the (federal) park.

I wouldn’t bet on it. The second video on George Floyd’s death leaked three months after this death — showing he couldn’t breathe before the officer knelt on him, and that he died of an accidental drug overdose from the drugs he had secreted in his rectum — did little to dent the Floyd narrative.

Meanwhile, if you search on say “capitol jan 6 police brutality” you get only wall-to-wall videos of police saying they were beaten up, traumatized, crying, and so on. There is a fierce battle over victim status going on, and tech and the deep state only want you to know one side. The tell, of course, is that the bureaucrats have 14,000 hours of video surveillance of that day and have only released a few selective videos supporting their narrative.