Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared

Capitol rioters attacked police, chanted 'Hang Mike Pence!' and hunted for lawmakers. A makeshift gallows stood ready, with guns and pipe bombs stashed nearby. Days later, videos and evidence mounts to reveal a more sinister attack than what was first apparent.


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January 11, 2021 - 9:26 AM

Protesters enter the Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Two men photographed carrying zip-ties in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday were charged Sunday in a federal court in the District of Columbia. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under battle flags bearing Donald Trump’s name, the Capitol’s attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the crowd.

“Hang Mike Pence!” the insurrectionists chanted as they pressed inside, beating police with pipes. They demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s whereabouts, too. They hunted any and all lawmakers: “Where are they?” Outside, makeshift gallows stood, complete with sturdy wooden steps and the noose. Guns and pipe bombs had been stashed in the vicinity.

Only days later is the extent of the danger from one of the darkest episodes in American democracy coming into focus. The sinister nature of the assault has become evident, betraying the crowd as a force determined to occupy the inner sanctums of Congress and run down leaders — Trump’s vice president and the Democratic House speaker among them.

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