THREAD: The anti-Trump @ShutDown_DC alliance attempted to hang banners reading "Expel all fascists" with the names of every congressperson who opposed the presidential election certification on the Capitol fence this afternoon.

Police prepped zip-ties and threatened arrest.
After getting three warnings, activists began marching back away from Capitol grounds, with a police line pushing forward toward them.

"1, 2, 3, 4! Slavery, genocide and war! 5, 6, 7, 8, America was never great!" they chanted.

National Guardsmen tailed the officers as backup.
Things got briefly tense as the group arrived at the line leaving Capitol grounds.

Officers pulled back one officer engaging with a protester with a megaphone.

"Where were you?" activists demanded to know, referencing the Capitol insurgency a week ago.
"Please don't scream at me, I lost a very dear friend," a Capitol PD officer said in an unusually personal moment to an activist. "I lost a very dear friend and you're screaming at me."

The officer was pulled back by others as activists retorted about Black men killed by police.
The police line fell mostly silent. One activist taunted an officer who was wearing his mask too low, leaving his nose exposed.
"Impeach! Remove! Expel! Impeach! Remove! Expel! Impeach! Remove! Expel!" the group chanted as they wrapped up their banners.
Here is my full @N2Sreports HD video summary of today's protest in front of the Capitol and National Guard + United States Capitol Police response.

As always, all footage is available to license.

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15 Jan
Generally, it is not true that participants in the Capitol insurgency were anything other than Trump supporters.

Contrary claims have been debunked.

In fairness however, this activist - John Sullivan of Utah - appears to be a non-Trumper who went in.…
While there don't appear to be signs that he was part of an organized infiltration, he did indeed yell “we about to burn this shit down."

Given the use of "we," I do think it's fair to say he infiltrated the event.

This is the only such legitimate case I'm aware of so far. Image
Sullivan had previously been arrested on riot charges participating in a counter-protest against police supporters.…
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14 Jan
Suspicious package found at firehouse in Northwest DC.

I am heading there now to film / monitor the situation.

On a personal note, this is somewhat near my home and I’ve become friendly with workers there; This is where I’ve gotten COVID tests about monthly this year.
I’m at Van Ness where a “suspicious package” was apparently found near the fire station.

I can’t get especially close but I’ll standby here with updates. ImageImageImageImage
For context, this is the same firehouse I filmed (and got my COVID test) at.
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13 Jan
Today I filmed the interior of the Capitol, which is now under the 24/7 protection of hundreds of National Guard soldiers, inside and out.

Inside, several are camping out and sleeping, while others could be seen prepping weapons and standing in formation.
During the time I was inside the Capitol today, soldiers could be seen marching in the Capitol Visitor's Center.
Outside the Capitol was also packed with soldiers.

Some could be seen unloading a truck of rifles and handguns.

Upwards of 20,000 troops are expected to protect Washington DC through Inauguration Day until as late as January 24.
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13 Jan
THREAD: I have obtained previously unreleased footage from two bodycams of a July 7, 2020 incident in which ATF Agent James Burk was arrested at gunpoint and tased by two Columbus, Ohio police officers after a community member called 911 unclear if he was truly law enforcement.
This footage thread is compiled by me synchronizing bodycams of Columbus Officers Joseph Fihe and Kevin Winchell.

Officer Fihe arrived first, and pulled his handgun on ATF Agent Burk when he didn't comply with commands to show ID or "get on the ground."
Officer Winchell arrived and immediately drew on Agent Burk.

"I'm not resisting!" he said while being cuffed. "I've got a medical condition!"

"I'm hyperventilating!"

He begged for officers to check his fed ID as he was cuffed.

"I'm begging you!" he said. "My wife's pregnant!"
Read 15 tweets
13 Jan
Armed affiliates of the "Southern Patriot Council" militia group rallied in front of the Texas state capitol this afternoon to protest proposed restrictions to the Castile Doctrine.

They say they'd be ok with getting rid of it if the Texas state house wasn't protected with guns.
Eric Braden - who leads the Texas-based militia and prefers to be called "General E" - says DC effectively used the "Castle Doctrine" during the insurgency Wednesday.

He says they used it to kill "five unarmed, innocent Americans."
"This is a nation controlled by Marxism," said militiaman Michael Paris. "Both by the demon-rat party, I will not call them Democrats, they are demon-rats, and the GOP has also joined them."

He says he now actually blames the GOP more for the country "falling."
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10 Jan
Activists with @RefuseFascism / @RefuseFascismDC held a press conference to condemn Wednesday's MAGA insurgency this afternoon at Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC.

@JamNoPeanut said it was "unleashed by Donald Trump" who he calls a "wanna-be second president of the confederacy."
"This was a fascist coup attempt," said Revolutionary Communist Party activist @Carl_Dix.

"Fascism is vicious, unrestrained white supremacy, police terror, male supremacy."
"The president and all of his enablers must be prosecuted," said @WilliamHLamarIV, Pastor of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church which had its BLM banner taken and burned by Proud Boys in December.

"We will not be deterred. We will not be intimidated."
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