New footage from the January 6 Capitol protests shows the aftermath of a gruesome injury sustained by a peaceful protester as a result of a concussive grenade.
The footage shows a male protester bleeding from his mouth in front of a line of Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers with riot shields. A number of other protesters were attempting to assess his injury while pleading with police to call an ambulance.
One man, who identified himself as a physician’s assistant, can be heard yelling “he’s too weak to walk” and “you blew his fu**ing lip off!”
“This is failure to render aid!” the man continued while another protester can be heard shouting “he has a hole in his face!”
After roughly a minute, a Capitol Police officer instructed them to move the injured man away from the police line. The man could then be seen walking away while being supported by two protesters.
The moments before police lines collapsed and chaos ensued on January 6 have been the subject of intense focus since 2021. Previously released footage has demonstrated that police threw concussive grenades into what had been a peaceful crowd until that point.
Near the Capitol Building’s lower west terrace, bodycam footage from the D.C. Metro Police shows officers discussing how to deal with the growing crowd. Tens of thousands of Trump supporters planned to protest outside the building after then-President Trump wrapped up his speech outside the White House.
As the crowd swelled and protesters filled steps on both sides of the capitol, police officers fired tear gas and concussive grenades into the crowd. “Put it in the fu**ing scaffolding” one officer can be heard yelling.
Since the wind was facing police lines, the tear gas ended up affecting officers and weakened police lines. This caused what had been a peaceful crowd to become irritated, with one officer admitting that the crowd control munitions were making the situation worse.
House Republicans will continue to release previously unseen footage from the protests on Rumble.