A new video appears to show police officers welcoming Trump supporters protesting the outcome of the November Presidential election into the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.
As the New York Post reports, the video appears to be taken by one of the protesters, following them from outside the Capitol building through an open door that takes them inside. A small group of men dressed in officer uniforms stand on the edges of the hallway near the open-door entrance, and one officer appears to say, “We disagree with [it] but we respect [inaudible].”
As the group is entering, someone who appears to be a protester is heard saying, “They are going to lock us in,” in what may have been a joking comment.
The video appears to have been first shared by OANN, a conservative news outlet long favored by President Trump.
Capitol police open doors for the protestors. They stand aside and invite them inside. pic.twitter.com/OnSd3KGzz5
— Christina Bobb (@christina_bobb) January 8, 2021
It shows a starkly different scene than another video taken in the Capitol building on Wednesday, which shows a bleeding police office pinned between a door and a riot shield as a crush of protesters attempt to push past police with helmets and gas masks.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a Capitol police officer, not the same one who is seen in the video, died on Thursday following injuries sustained in the violent uprising on Wednesday. According to multiple reports, he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher.
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