A pair of lengthy videos showcasing a different perspective of what happened on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol have finally been released to the public, despite objections from the Biden administration.
According to BuzzFeed News, the surveillance videos show Capitol police officers allowing hundreds of people to enter the government, after being vastly outnumbered.
Two cameras, 40 minutes.
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The government was obliged to release the footage due to the criminal case pending against Ethan Nordean, who is described as a Proud Boy member and is being accused of participating in riots on Jan 6.
Nordean's lawyers argue that his case is unlawful because the videos clearly show police permitted people to enter the U.S. Capitol.
Federal prosecutors opposed releasing the videos, stating that Nordean was mischaracterizing what the videos depict.
"In actuality, the video as a whole depicts a riotous mob forcibly breaching the Capitol and endangering the lives of, among others, law enforcement who swore to protect the Capitol, the public servants who work there, and private citizens who, unlike Defendant, lawfully and peacefully petition the Legislative Branch," prosecutors wrote in a federal filing.
The footage is about 40 minutes in length and was taken from two separate cameras.
Nordean is currently awaiting trial on charges of "forcibly entering" the Capitol, two felony counts of obstructing an official proceeding, and conspiracy.