Effort was similar 'shooting zombies,' an serviceman said. 'We're multiplying them by hitting them.'
After much than an hr shooting tasers, throwing rubber-pellet grenades, shooting chunks of rubber baton, and tossing a fume canister astatine protesters astatine the U.S. Capitol connected Jan. 6, 2021, a District of Columbia constabulary serviceman concluded that the amusement of unit did small but enrage the crowd.
Nearly 2 hours of newly-released public assemblage camera footage from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC) Officer Daniel Thau shows however conditions on the constabulary barricades connected the westbound broadside of the Capitol deteriorated aft Thau and colleagues began utilizing munitions and chemicals connected the crowds.
The dense constabulary effect astatine the Capitol began earlier then-President Donald Trump had finished speaking astatine the Ellipse, a 45-minute locomotion away. Most of the immense crowds had yet to commencement the trek to the Capitol.
Over the adjacent 75 minutes, the west-side assemblage became louder and angrier, and yet pushed its mode past barricades, up the stairs, and into the Capitol.
“It’s useless. We’re conscionable [expletive] shooting zombies, man,” Thau told a chap serviceman astatine 2:16 p.m. “Hey, we’re shooting zombies. That’s it.”
“We’re taking retired 1 and 10 are getting much angrier [sic],” Thau said to Commander John Haines 2 minutes later. “We’re multiplying them by hitting them.”
Thau and a radical of MPDC officers walked toward the westbound broadside of the Capitol from the President James Garfield Memorial conscionable aft 1 p.m.
About 10 minutes earlier, a assemblage had breached a lightly defended barricade adjacent the Peace Monument and streamed crossed the sidewalk toward the westbound beforehand of the Capitol.
From the infinitesimal the MPDC officers emerged from nether the scaffolding connected the west-side crushed level astatine 1:12 p.m., they engaged protesters lasting on the bike-rack barricades. Several officers utilized capsicum spray connected the protesters. Some officers relocated sections of barricade to incorporate the increasing crowd.
After surveying the constabulary line, Thau ran up to the scaffolding down him and shouted, “We request much [expletive] munitions.”
‘We Need Blast Munitions’
Thau approached a U.S. Capitol Police serviceman a abbreviated clip later, and said, “Hey Capitol, we request blast munitions. What bash we got?”
When the serviceman said helium didn’t person immoderate munitions, Thau replied: “[Expletive], we’ve got to get something, man. We’ve got to get immoderate [expletive] assistance here.”
A infinitesimal later, Thau approached the motorcycle racks with a yellowish taser successful his close hand. He fired the limb twice, dropping 2 protesters to the ground, his bodycam footage shows.
He past approached MPDC Commander Robert Glover and said, “Hey I got 2 ECD, 2 ECD, 2 ECD, 2 ECD deployed,” helium said, utilizing the acronym for physics power device.
As a radical of officers dragged 1 of the injured men away, Thau approached them and dropped the taser cartridges from his weapon, saying: “I’m retired of [expletive] ammunition. [Expletive] it. We got thing left.”
Over the much than 75 minutes that Thau was down the constabulary lines astatine crushed level, helium was similar a one-man onslaught force. He felled astatine slightest 4 protesters with a taser, tossed countless explosives into the crowd, and fired a munition launcher with a 40 millimeter ammunition astatine point-blank scope implicit the barricade.
At 1:16 p.m., Thau told U.S. Capitol Police Capt. Sean Patton, “We request munitions bad.” He past told an MPDC workfellow a infinitesimal later, “We request a batch of [expletive].”
Thau made different plea for blast devices to a USCP officer. “We’re going to get [expletive] overrun. We request blast munitions immediately,” helium said. “We’re gonna suffer it. We’re gonna [expletive] suffer it.”
Looking up to officers lasting connected the inauguration level connected the Lower West Terrace, Thau shouted, “Let’s go. [Expletive] sprout it! Go! Shoot! Shoot!”
Thau approached MPDC serviceman Tara Tindall, looking for refills. “Tara! Tara! I’m out. I’m out. What other we got?”
“Sting balls. I got stinger rounds,” Tindall said. “I got Skat.” Skat is simply a commercialized sanction for a benignant of crowd-control projectile shell.
“I’m retired of my ECD. I’ve virtually utilized everything,” Thau said. “I’ve utilized everything. All I got is an Asp [baton] close now.”
Thau walked up to MPDC Sgt. Ricardo Minier. “Give maine your [expletive] taser,” helium said, pulling the limb disconnected of Minier’s vest.
‘I Got Him With a Taser’
Thau strode up to the constabulary enactment and fired the taser astatine a antheral lasting successful a radical a fewer feet from the barricade. He pointed astatine the antheral arsenic helium fell to the crushed and shouted, “Get back! Get back.”
A protester successful the assemblage yelled, “What the [expletive] is incorrect with you guys?”
About a infinitesimal later, Thau approached a spread betwixt 2 officers on the barricades and fired his taser for the 4th time, striking a antheral with a beard who was holding a woody pole. The antheral past charged astatine Thau and the 2 scuffled briefly.
“Hey, I got him with a taser,” helium told Tindall and Glover. “I’m good.”
Just implicit a infinitesimal later, a protester conscionable crossed the barricade shouted astatine the officers, “Look what you’re doing to us! Are you proud?”
At 1:33 p.m., Thau took a metallic canister from MPDC serviceman Eric Coates. “I’m coming retired with smoke,” helium said, pulling the pin. “That’s a burner, by the way,” Coates advised.
Moments later, idiosyncratic successful the assemblage threw backmost the fume canister, which landed down the officers.
“Eric, bash you person immoderate Skat rounds?” helium asked Coates.
“Just sting balls,” Coates said.
“I request Triple-Chasers,” Thau said, referring to a pyrotechnic canister that separates into 3 grenades erstwhile deployed.
After a adjacent skipper advised Thau not to usage the Triple-Chaser, helium handed it to Coates, took a rubber-ball grenade from him, and tossed it into the crowd.
Thau went backmost to Coates. “I request more,” helium said, retrieving different grenade that helium threw into the crowd. Grabbing a 3rd grenade from Coates, Thau threw it toward the crowd. The grenade exploded conscionable supra caput level.
At 1:42 p.m., Thau tossed 2 much rubber shot grenades that helium retrieved from different officer’s pack. “Alright, we’ve got ourselves a cluster[expletive] close now,” helium said.
At 2:12 p.m., Thau was fixed an orangish projectile launcher by Tindall. He loaded it with a rubber-ball ammunition from Sgt. Frank Edwards, ran to the barricade, and fired it into the crowd.
Thau past got a baton circular from different officer, stuck the launcher betwixt 2 officers and fired astatine protesters. A baton ammunition typically holds 5 projectiles, which tin beryllium made of foam, rubber, oregon wood.
At 2:16 p.m., Thau told Commander Glover it was clip for them to retreat. “This is it. We’ve got to telephone breached arrow connected this,” Thau said. “We’ve got to get the National Guard. Honestly. This is it.”
Commander Haines did not similar the dependable of a retreat. “We can’t suffer the steps of the Capitol,” helium said. “No! It’s not going to happen.”
At 2:25 p.m., Thau told serviceman Rich Khoury to occurrence a state projectile up into the reviewing stands.
“Hey Rich, enactment it up successful the [expletive] scaffolding,” Thau said. “Fire it up successful the air, Rich, implicit there. Just [expletive] shoot!”
The circular misfired, landing successful a ample radical of officers connected the ground. A elephantine unreality of teardrop state dispersed implicit the full area.
After Thau helped a workfellow who had been maced get up the steps underneath the scaffolding, helium told Commander Jason Bagshaw that things looked bleak.
“We’re going to person to marque a tactical disadvantaged determination retired present oregon we’re going to get radical earnestly [expletive] hurt, man,” Thau said. “We got 20,000 radical retired there. We can’t halt them. We request to marque a [expletive] decision. We don’t request to get our radical [expletive] killed, man.”
Moments later, the crowds pushed past the barricades and headed for the scaffolding. Thau and different officers moved up to the apical level. He told a radical of officers astir to caput down not to go.
“I’m going to beryllium arsenic existent arsenic I tin [expletive] be. We are going to get overrun connected the steps of the Capitol,” Thau said. “We’re getting [expletive] hammered. If you guys spell down there, the symptom compliance is moving precise minimally.
“There’s 10,000 to 1,” helium said. “We are going to suffer the [expletive] steps and we’re getting radical wounded similar a parent [expletive]. Do not spell down determination due to the fact that you’re going to get [expletive] up.”