Local news station WUSA 9 reported on Thursday that video footage showing Capitol Police acting unexpectedly friendly toward pro-Trump terrorists who stormed the Capitol yesterday have left people wondering if perhaps some of those officers were complicit in the attack.
That includes Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who told the news outlet Wednesday evening that he had some strong concerns over the matter.
“Some people are worried today that some police were complicit with the protesters,” Cooper said. “It’s one thing to be friendly and to de-escalate the violence. But it’s one thing to take selfies with them (rioters) and let them go through the lines.”
Cooper said he did not see these actions by Capitol Police himself, but said he’s “never seen a crowd less afraid of the police than this one.”
“At best they were overwhelmed and did not anticipate what they had been warned of by (President) Trump, even as of this morning when he said he would join the protests at the Capitol. … At worst, they let this protest proceed unlike any other,” Cooper said when asked directly if he believes that US Capitol Police were complicit in what happened.
WUSA 9 noted that some videos from the incident “show Trump supporters walking among officers outside the Capitol in a nonchalant fashion,” highlighting footage that appears to show police allowing Trump supporters to breach a security fence. Also highlighted was an officer taking a selfie with a Trump supporter who had made it inside the building.
However, the station also highlighted a video that showed police aggressively working to keep rioters from breaching their line.
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