On Thursday August 17th, Fmr. Capitol Police Lieutenant Tarik Johnson requested evidence from InvestigateJ6 of Deputy Chief Waldow’s order to fire into the crowd, that J6er’s and J6 advocates contend was illegal. See our open letter to Lt. Tarik Johnson below explaining the first USCP use of force against protestors on January 6th, and the subsequent uses of force that followed.
Was the escalation of force that preceded all events on Jan 6 required, and lawful?
Tarik, I will ask that you take your time reading this and explore all the evidence provided.
Summary: Within the first minutes of protestors arriving at the Capitol on January 6th at 1:00 PM, Deputy Chief Waldow misrepresented conditions on the ground in radio transmissions to justify escalating force, and in effect incited protestors to violence. There is no evidence he or his officers gave any sufficient warnings before or after opening fire, contrary to his claims. The first recorded warning given, found in officer bodycam footage, came from DC officers one hour later, using an LRAD unit at 2:03 PM before authorizing CS gas at 2:10 PM.
Peaceful Protestor Joshua Black shot with a yellow rubber bullet through the cheek.
Watch: Crowd is peaceful after being fired upon. Protesters are agitated, but are not rioting or assaulting officers and instead helping injured Joshua Black.
DC Police Officer Tara Tindall and her unit arrive at the SW corner of the US Capitol with Explosive Munitions.
LRAD Source: Jonathan Turley Congressional Testimony on Police Use Of Force in DC, and legal requirements for dispersal warnings on 6/29/2020. “Oversight Hearing: U.S. Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protestors at Lafayette Square Park”:
DC Sgt Edwards and Thau reflect after one hour of using munitions against the crowd, admitting to their Commander that their assaults have only been making the situation worse.
Entrapment: “inducing or persuading an individual to commit a crime they would not have ordinarily committed.”