Note: This story will continually be updated.
Last edited 1/18/21 2 pm ET. Revision notes can be found at the bottom.
The Just Another Channel (JAC) video on YouTube (all source links below) shares powerful raw footage that promises to show what really happened at the Capitol. JAC, which begins with an InfoWars title card, like other right-wing uploaders on YouTube claim January 6 was mostly peaceful and patriotic with demonstrators exercising their First Amendment rights. “Was there some violence?” the video description asks. “Yes,” it affirms.
But “Was it almost entirely peaceful? Yes. Watch for yourself,” JAC challenges its viewers (all 50 subscribers).
So I viewed the JAC video — all 90 minutes; followed by a dozen hours of raw footage and clips from other sources generated by amateur and professional camera crews on-site. I can confirm that the scene is mostly horrific, violent, and provoked by the protesters turned riotous mob.
The JAC video also shows the attack on police officer Mike Fanone who was viciously beaten by a mob. Yeah, other than all that — mostly peaceful.
As you will see below (graphic warning for imagery) each of these videos provides an account of the horrors at the west terrace of the Capitol Building. From skirmishes to organized assaults, the videos provide detailed evidence of an initially calm police force holding a defensive line being overrun by a mob. Over time, the mayhem becomes more brazen and violent.
More importantly, the various camera fields of view can be stitched together, for a composite timeline. Once viewed end-to-end from multiple POVs, we see multiple assaults on law enforcement, the planting of objects to be used as weapons, a rioter being trampled, and the incitement of riotous behavior from multiple actors that appear coordinated.
By including multiple videos available on YouTube and the news, it’s possible now to piece together a sequence of events from the time the temporary barricades were breached to three separate tunnel attacks. Though the video shows an officer being dragged on the steps in a vicious attack, the timeline and multiple videos show that there were two officers beaten in approximately the same spot on the steps just moments apart.
Most curious, though, is how a small band of rioters seemed always to find each other; raising the specter of collusion among some participants during the attack on the Capitol building. And this particular gang dubbed with the aliases of Pink Hat Lady, SwedishScarf, Carpe Diem, Commander, LVMH, and Dollar Shave Club (some aliases I’ve seen online, others I just made up) — maneuvered to instigate and persuade the crowd of thousands. A few of them, at times, appeared to operate as field generals with bullhorns, inciting the crowd to move forward and frothing them to violence.
While it’s unclear if they knew each other before the attack at the Capitol, or met coincidentally on January 6, it is uncanny how often they can be seen together. Sherlock Holmes doesn’t believe in coincidence, and I tend to agree.
Despite an estimated crowd of 20,000 attendees in the protest turned riot, those six individuals who appeared to arrive separately were at times magnetically connected within earshot of each other throughout a two-hour period. Most of them, all except Pink Hat Lady and LVMH, never appear even to use a mobile phone. This is strange for a day that generated terabytes of media assets from nearly everyone else in D.C. that day.
Timeline of events from multiple video vantage points
The JAC video begins with an on the ground look at the barricade in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. For the first 20 minutes, the crowd tests the officers who form a line behind the temporary metal fence.
A throng engages police on the left flank, attempting to push the officers back (JAC 24:00). The officers receive a small complement of reinforcements to suppress the crowd, but the people now seem emboldened to try to find a weakness in the barricade elsewhere.
Next, a crowd tests the center entry’s temporary fence, where the JAC cameraman is standing. The rioters spray a yellow chemical agent at the officers (JAC 25:00) to press them back from the metal barricades.
Moments later, the rioters succeed in forcibly removing (JAC 32:00) two sections of the fence, revealing a ten-foot-wide gap.
A water bottle is hurled, striking an officer (JAC 33:36) as the crowd becomes increasingly louder, lobbing threats to the line of police. “None of these people deserve our respect,” shouts one rioter wearing an Aztec print sweater at the officers still holding the line.
The crowd now tests the right flank (JAC 41:50). Though officers respond, it is clear they are about to be overrun. Sure enough, just one moment later (JAC 42:30), all barricades have been breached, and the Capitol officers are knocked back in retreat. To pass the officers, some rioters spray orange chemical agents directly in their faces.
As graphic as that seems, this myopic view doesn’t actually do justice to show the full breach of the perimeter at this very moment. A birds-eye view, published on Police Headlines, shows the Capitol police being overrun at this moment (PH 1:10).
As the perimeter was breached, a few individuals seem to agitate the crowd to move closer and be more brazen.
We get our first glimpse of SwedishScarf entering the perimeter from the left and clearing the wall (PH 1:28). He then marches ahead to the right side of the building
As the crowd attacks a group of officers in the center of the frame, a man holding a flag and a fold-up chair attached to his backpack (because, picnic?) bodyslams an officer over the wall, knocking him into a dozen people below.
Seconds later, as Picnic Man walks away, a man lobs a fire extinguisher into the crowd of police officers, knocking three in the head (PH 1:37 and CEN 5:05).
Two days ago, a retired firefighter from Pennsylvania was charged in that attack. A clear view of the man charged can be seen from ground footage (JAC 47:15), but it does not show him picking up the device.
SwedishScarf, so-called because of his distinctive scarf with arms raised (JAC 43:48 and PH 1:48) in victory wearing a baseball cap makes his way to the right of the building.
He’s also wearing a flag as a cape, although he goes through more costume changes than Madonna. With the portable barricades now fully down, Pink Hat Lady, wearing sunglasses, makes her way forward, covered in a black winter coat and furry hood (JAC 44:41).
SwedishScarf (JAC 45:37) is back in front of the crowd, now wearing an officer’s helmet, with arms outstretched yelling, “fight for Trump!”
Simultaneously, another YouTube video titled “Capitol Eviction Notice,” which claims to capture the peaceful nature and patriotism of the advancing crowd, actually does the opposite. In that video, you can hear Scarfman’s audio, at which point someone off-camera yells, “ You’re not even American!”
Apparently, he does speak with an accent.
In the CEN video, another rioter moved to action by Scarfman can be seen with an American flag tethered to a hockey stick.
Directly in SwedishScarf’s line of sight, just seconds later (JAC 46:01), Pink Hat Lady continues to move with the mob.
A few moments later, rioters on the right side of the building spray chemical agents at the officers (JAC 49:01).
Some of the spray bottles may have been brought by protesters, but others appear to be police issue. Those larger bottles used by officers at the barricades have been taken by rioters now using them against law enforcement (49:17 and 49:35).
Still, on the right of the building, Pink Hat Lady (JAC 49:25)can be seen watching the activity. It is possible, but not confirmed, that Carpe Diem stands beside her. Unfortunately, the resolution in this clip does not make that clear.
As the blasts of chemical agents push the officers back into the building, a void is created outside the perimeter. SwedishScarf moves into the frame (JAC 52:20), holding a fire extinguisher, and he can be observed wiping the handle (JAC 52:25), which he had previously barehanded.
As he slowly shuffles away after planting the fire extinguisher, a heavyset man in a blue shirt moves to the side, revealing the smaller framed Pink Hat Lady was just two feet away all along (JAC 52:30).
He then readies his hair as he is about to place the baseball cap on his head.
SwedishScarf saunters away (JAC 52:34), with Pink Hat Lady just behind, but returns (JAC 53:10) to check on the planted device.
The camera angle obscures how SwedishScarf manipulates the fire extinguisher; as Pink Hat Lady watches (JAC 53:15).
SwedishScarf then lifts his leg and hops over the device (JAC 53:16), and the cape flutters to reveal the extinguisher.
For a few seconds, SwedishScarf lingers to the right of the fire extinguisher, revealing he has now draped his hoodie over the baseball cap on his head (JAC 53:22).
And Pink Hat Lady? She’s been there all along, as she is revealed in frame one second later (JAC 53:23).
They then both walk away, leaving the fire extinguisher on its own (JAC 53:53).
Master and commander
At approximately 2:30 pm, the action moves to the tunnel on the west side of the Capitol building typically reserved for presidents when they emerge from their inauguration.
In a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, a man some are calling Commander perches above the crowd. With a wave of his finger, he provides direction to either move forward or to fall back (JAC 1:10:51).
The rioters have advanced into the tunnel but are likely pushed back by officers off-camera. We can assume officers are deep in the tunnel as we do see them after this first attack, and rioters scurry down the stairs with red eyes and flushed faces, most likely from being sprayed by chemical agents.
Using raw video footage from Status Coup, we can see the depths of the tunnel, and the swarms of people inside. Capitol police are at a standoff by two sets of double glass doors (SC 5:55). They are being threated with projectiles as the crowd advances while bracing against stolen police shields.
At the front lines, the rioters get pepper sprayed, and Dollar Shave Club appears (previously called Red Cap, but there are too many red caps in the field of view) in an olive green coat. He turns towards the mouth of the tunnel issues, “We need fresh patriots!”
The JAC cannot see this from their vantage point, but the crowd becomes much more brazen, spraying irritant directly at officers (SC 15:29)
At around 2:50 pm, the crowd uses their bodies like a human battering ram in a violent waved motion. To and fro, they yell “Heave! Ho!” to press forward (SC 20:55 inside the tunnel & JAC 1:15). In this moment the Status Coup crew pans the camera towards the mouth of the tunnel.
Commander appears to get intel from a man in a black jacket with an HH logo. The audio isn’t clear, but HH (JAC 1:13:11) points into the tunnel and back into the crowd as Commander listens intently. It may be surmised that this was the call for fresh patriots from Dollar Shave Club. They both agree upon something, as they both nod in the affirmative, and HH continues down the stairs with purpose.
And now, like Rudy Giuliani says in his YouTube rants, let’s take a commercial break. Apparently, this riot is sponsored by Bolthouse Farms chocolate protein drink (JAC 1:13:27). You’ve got to stay replenished and get those gains, brah!
Seriously, who brings a protein shake to a riot?
Police officers successfully close one door to rioters, as an officer is crushed between the second door. Officer Daniel Hodges, identified later in news interviews, can be seen #4518 on his helmet (SC 21:18). He sustained injuries but lived.
The officer is recovered, and Capitol police have had enough. They begin to press back, en masse to clear the riotous threat from the tunnel (SC 47:30).
As the final first wave attackers is cleared, the camera captures LVMH, so-called because of her designer sweater, on the front lines, who turns back and yells to someone, “Get off my fucking leg!” (SC 27:51)
As the rioters continue to exit, some shout to “let the press people out,” but other rioters advance to the calls of a pepper-sprayed man yelling, “We’re almost through!” Through blurry eyes, he screams (JAC 1:14:00–1:15:00), “We need more!” — as in people.
Commander never actually makes it into the tunnel, and it neither does Carpe Diem. They prefer instead to direct traffic for the second wave. “Are you going?” Carpe Diem says to a man second-guessing as he gazes upon the police in riot gear. The man moves forward.
“Go!” shouts Carpe Diem to each lemming as he pats them forward into the fray. In the back of the same frame (JAC 1:15:00), In the background, you can hear the “Heave! Ho!” of the tunnel crowd (observed also in the SC video). Aztec Sweater leans into the tunnel. This is the same man who shouted to show the police “no respect” earlier at the barricades.
The tunnel is packed by the second wave of advancing protesters (JAC 1:16:21). Some are carrying police riot shields that they’ve likely picked up or stolen during the melee.
People begin shouting a new phrase, “Fuck Antifa!” to coax the rioters further into the tunnel and directly into officers. It might be Pink Hat Lady joining in the chant, since we see her cap (JAC 1:19:18), to egg them on. This much is clear; whoever is shouting is a woman and is near the JAC microphone. We also see that Pink Hat Lady literally has her head up Commander’s ass (JAC 1:19:17).
Another video, shot in 4K, provides a vantage point outside the tunnel showing Carpe Diem talking to Pink Hat Lady, right behind Commander (4K 51:18).
As some of the second wave rioters retreat, Carpe Diem (displaying his “Carpe Diem” tattoo on his right arm) and Commander continue to direct the crowd (4K 51:36).
The second wave of rioters advances into the tunnel but are held back by police over the next five minutes. At this point, the Capitol police deep in the tunnel aim to remove everyone in the tunnel forcibly. As they march forward, our vantage point is from the JAC cameraman, who appears to be standing at the mouth of the tunnel facing outward.
A rioter says to an officer, “Crazy day, huh?” (JAC 1:22:27)
Coming into the frame is the back of SwedishScarf’s head. But now, there is no scarf, no cape, no hat, and no hoodie (JAC 1:22:55).
But he does have distinctive hair and a patch on his left jacket sleeve (1:23:04).
SwedishScarf appears to be staring down at a commotion below, which is revealed to be a Capitol Police officer (JAC 1:23:02).
The crowd is in a frenzy as the officer is pushed farther away from his comrades. Given the distance from the tunnel and the horde surrounding him, it’s possible none of his brothers in blue were even aware that he was MIA.
From another angle, we can see the crowd pushing the officer farther away from safety (4K 53:33).
He is on the ground and struggling under the mob’s weight as Carpe Diem directs his attention at the officer, throwing a water bottle at his head (4K 55:51).
In this frame, we see LVMH, a woman draped in an LVMH designer sweater and sunglasses parked on top of her head. With all the selfie opportunities at a riot, I suppose one does need to dress to impress. A moment later, SwedishScarf, LVMH, and Carpe Diem distance themselves from the actual violence (JAC 1:23:05).
LVMH has been identified by The Beverly Hills Courier as Gina Bisignano, from Beverly Hills, California. According to the Courier, Bisignano flew to D.C and then marched to the event in Chanel boots because she was concerned about the “global web of child molesters and pedophiles in the highest echelons of government.”
Some in the crowd can be heard saying, “Don’t hurt him,” referring to the officer still on the ground (JAC 1:23:38).
At this point, the officer is lifted, and according to his visible helmet and uniform, he is Officer M. Fanone, badge #3603.
In a surreal moment, Fanone advances up the stairs and passes SwedishScarf, unaware of the part he has played in the assault (JAC 1:24:27).
Now, SwedishScarf is wearing a beanie while holding a white bullhorn with red trim stands beside LVMH as Dollar Shave Club (clean-shaven man in red cap and olive green coat) comes into view (JAC 1:24:29). I know, there are lots of red caps at this riot. But this particular Dollar Shave Club spends quite a bit of time talking to LVMH in the next few moments.
Another angle reveals all of the usual suspects standing in one frame: Pink Hat Lady, Carpe Diem, LVMH, Dollar Shave Club, and SwedishScarf (4K 56:46).
Then, as LVMH pumps her first toward the crowd, Dollar Shave Club appears to share some words with SwedishScarf (4K 57:23) as Pink Hat Lady can be seen at the left of the tunnel.
Carpe Diem seizes the moment to rally the crowd for their next attack wave (4K 57:57) at around 3:49 pm.
Carpe Diem takes a break on the steps (rioting is hard — where is his protein shake?) while talking to Commander (JAC 1:23:35).
The crowd starts to chant, “Police Stand Down!” while LVMH and Dollar Shave Club sip tea on the steps (JAC 1:123:51) as Carpe Diem watches intently. LVMH appears to hold a mobile phone during this interaction.
Scarfman begins his descent down the stairs as LVMH lifts the white and red bullhorn to rile up the crowd (JAC 1:27:10). “This is our country!” she blasts.
At this point, the JAC crew end rolling as we are left with the 4K vantage point. At this point, the crowd is foaming, and most of the aliased agitators have left the frame. Their work is done, it appears.
At about 3:59 pm, Carpe Diem emerges from the tunnel wearing a gas mask (4K 1:06:26) and later lifts it from his face (4K 1:07:37).
At around 4:09 pm, rioters are now even more daring — beating officers at the mouth of the tunnel and throwing objects. Not water bottles, though. Now it’s crutches, wooden signs, and poles (4K 1:16:00).
At around 4:09 pm, rioters are now even more daring — beating officers at the mouth of the tunnel and throwing objects. Not water bottles, though. Now it’s crutches, wooden signs, and poles (4K 1:16).
Heavy violence includes trampling and an officer snatched
At around 4:09 pm, rioters are now even more daring — beating officers at the mouth of the tunnel.
On the ground at the mouth of the tunnel is a rioter who has been trampled by the mob. The New York Times reports that the woman’s friend, in the teal sweatshirt tries to provide aid as the crowd can be heard chanting “I can’t breathe!” (JROB 1:15). Also in view, is Pink Hat Lady and a rioter wears the stolen helmet of a U.S. Capitol police officer.
The exact moment is captured from another camera angle (4K 1:15:00)
As the fighting continues at the tunnel, Justin Winchell, seen in the teal jacket motions for help (4K 1:15:59).
In the next few moments, the rioters amp up the assault with hockey sticks, signs, and police shields (JROB 2:24).
In the hysteria, a man in a white and blue cap wearing a tech-style backpack with a red Trump button lunges at an officer (4K 1:15:26). Social media hunters online have dubbed him Scallops, perhaps assuming that initial low-resolution footage of the straps on his backpack resembled a fabric print.
Switching to the Jrobertson video, Scallops can be seen grabbing the Capitol officer (Badge #5586 on his helmet) by the back of the neck, pulling him face down on the ground. (JROB 2:45)
Caterpillar, a man wearing a grey logo sweatshirt from the industrial equipment company, hops the fence to assist Scallops. They succeed in dragging the officer down 10 steps, face down (JROB 2:46) as officers in the tunnel are helpless.
Though the 4K camera crew can’t see what happens next from their perspective, just a few feet below, the low-resolution Storyful video can (Storyful 0:20).
In view, beating the officer with a flagpole is who some Twitter users dubbed Caveman.
Despite several media reports, this event does not appear to be officer Fanone. Cross-referencing with the people on the stairs at the time and the timestamps of the multiple videos, and badge numbers, this is a different officer who was beaten.
From the original video from JRobertson, there are two officers being held and struck simultaneously. The first was dragged and is being beaten by a mob including Caveman. But at the top of the stairs, a rioter has grabbed the leg of a fallen officer, attempting to drag him out of the tunnel too (JROB 2:55).
Simultaneously, while Officer BM is being beaten and a man in a black coat strains to pull another Officer’s leg, Winchell continues to try to assist his friend on the ground (JROB 2:48). A man in a black and white cap advances up the stairs in an attempt to help resuscitate her, while the rest of the mob stomps over her in their eagerness to attack the police.
The New York Times reports the woman on the ground is rioter Rosanne Boyland, who was trampled by the crowd and died from her injuries. Their coverage includes graphic visual analysis from an overhead point of view.
Also according to The New York Times, the next assault, which includes throwing a crutch at police officers in the tunnel begins at 4:17 pm.
In a review of the Jrobertson video vantage point, we can discern why Caveman stopped beating on the officer at the bottom of the stairs. He looked at the top and saw the mob making headway in dragging another officer out of the tunnel and hustles up for the assist (JROB 3:05).
Some of the rioters assist the Capitol officer, who we can see is wearing a gas mask. As they lift him to his feet, a man in a brown coat jabs the officer in the head (JROB 4:05).
A man in a grey cap and plaid shirt then strikes the back of the officers head (JROB 4:08).
Caveman slips on the stairs in the Jrobertson video, and by the time he makes it to the top, the officer has freed his leg from the mob's grasp. We then pick him back up on the 4K video (4K 1:17:12). While off-camera, we hear a couple of people say, “Trump said to go home.”
The second officer dragged down the stairs and assaulted, is revealed to be badge #5586 (JROB 4:33). Though his name is stitched on his uniform, the resolution of this video makes it unreadable. He is still far from the tunnel and since this video is edited, it is unclear how he makes it back through the crowd.
A few moments later, LVMH makes it inside the building (4K lost timestamp), prepping for selfies. It is curious that of all the videos, snaps, texts, and Parley’s generated — none of these individuals, other than Pink Hat Lady and LVMH, actually held a mobile device.
Speaking of Pink Hat Lady, she later moved to the right side of the tunnel to lead the effort in smashing the windows so people could gain entry (Storyful 1:40–1:54). Though she did break the glass, she did not breach the building. But that’s because she already had the tour. And once you’ve done the tour, who needs to see it again, right?
In a viral mobile phone video, Pink Hat Lady can be seen at the building’s exterior delivering instructions through a red and white bullhorn. At this point, she’s been called Bull Horn Lady.
“Hey guys, I’ve been in the other room,” she says. “In the other room on the other side of this door right here where you are standing, there is a glass that somebody, if it’s broken, you can drop down into a room underneath it.”
1/18/2021 12 pm:
- Updated first few paragraphs for context, identifying reght-wing nature of some of the raw footage
- Included identification of LVMH as Gina Bisignano, as reported in Beverly Hills Courier who interviewed her
- Cleaned up many typos from the 1/17 update. Apparently, not enough coffee fueled the edits
- Added approximate time of day for certain events per The New York Times. These markers will be used to estimate other key times, based upon synchronizing footage.
- Adding visual confirmation of Pink Hat Lady at the tunnel during the assault on the stairs on officer BM.
- CEN video inspection shows the fire extinguisher landing on police officer’s heads from another PoV.
- Added point of view from inside the tunnel (first attack) from Status Coup. Profiled on New York Times. This also shows Officer Hodges being trampled under the weight of the mob yelling “Heave! Ho!” from the JAC video.
- Changed Red Hat alias to Dollar Shave Club. Too many red hats in the crowd.
- Added birds eye view vantage point of the barricade breach, fire extinguisher thrown at police officers and body slam from Police Headlines.
- Included New York Times reporting of Rosanne Boyland death by stampede as the same time as the Caveman beating. Added actual timestamp of the assault with the crutch and officer “BM” as 4:17 pm.
Just Another Channel / Action 8 News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zyjCvDN4Ig&t=3145s
4K / Former Wagie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNFcdpZdkh0&has_verified=1
Capitol Eviction Notice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfEjzABHqeY (This video is now private)
Status Coup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJOgGsC0G9U
Police Headlines: Male Throws Fire Extinguisher at Cop’s Head — YouTube
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