The latest record of the conversation between protesters and Capitol police officers provides a sneak peek into what really happened inside the Capitol on January 6. 

The rumble footage published on May 16 demonstrated a very calm and peaceful exchange between the officers of the Capitol and protesters, in which the police appeared to be allowing them to enter the federal property, reported American Greatness

“We’re not against . . . you need to show us . . . no attacking, no assault, remain calm,” said the person in uniform who the outlet determined as Officer Keith Robishaw told ‘Q shaman’ Jacob Chansley. 

In response to the apparent gesture that the Capitol cops will not bar them coming inside, Chansley repeated the officer’s words, “We’re not going to assault. We’re going to be heard.”

“Everybody, this must be peaceful,” he told the protestors. 

In the full version of the video uploaded by American Greatness, one protestor was also heard telling others that “The police here are willing to work with us and cooperate peacefully—like our First Amendment allows,” and said that they wanted to “peacefully discuss what needs to be done to save our country.”

This video would undoubtedly compromise the credit of allegations that the prosecutors asserted in a complaint file two days after the Capitol riot occurred. The file portrays the encounter in a somewhat completely contrasting scenario.

“Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders.”

On January 11, Chansley was charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors, including civil disorder (interfering with a law officer) and violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building by a federal grand jury, and it could incur up to 20 years of jail time. While Chansley pleaded not guilty to the charges, he has been denied bail and has remained behind bars since January.

In an interview with CBS in March, when asked if Chansley committed the actions since he was against the United States, he claimed that he was pursuing the opposite. 

“Well, I sang a song. And that’s a part of shamanism. It’s about—creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber. I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space, the Senate. Okay? I actually stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the—out of the break room. And I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber. Because it was my intention to bring divinity, and to bring God back into the Senate.”

Chansley also admitted that he regrets thinking that it was OK to be entering the Chamber even though he knew the action was illegal. 

“And that is—and that is the one very serious regret that I have, was believing that when we were waved in by police officers, that it was acceptable.”

 

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