Jan. 6 Surveillance Footage Shows Capitol Police Escorting 'Q-Anon Shaman' to Floor of Senate

Jan. 6 Surveillance Footage Shows Capitol Police Escorting 'Q-Anon Shaman' to Floor of Senate

Recently released surveillance footage from January 6, 2021, shows two Capitol Police officers escorting Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” who has become a symbol of the riot, through the Capitol’s halls and to the door of the U.S. Senate.

The footage was broadcasted on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on Monday evening and depicts the officers trailing Chansley as he roams the corridors of the Capitol, shirtless and wearing face paint along with a furry hat featuring Viking horns, the New York Post reported.

“Virtually every moment of his time inside the Capitol was caught on tape,” Carlson said. “The tapes show the Capitol Police never stopped Jacob Chansley. They helped him. They acted as his tour guides.”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy granted Tucker Carlson exclusive access to 40,000 hours of surveillance footage from inside and around the Capitol from the day of the riot, footage that has not been previously viewed by the public.

The footage shows the officers leading Chansley past a group of seven police officers loitering outside the Senate chamber, who barely acknowledge his presence, The Post added. The officers guide Chansley to several entrances of the chamber, which appear to be locked. Eventually, they assist him in opening a door, allowing him to enter the chamber.

Chansley, a 33-year-old Navy veteran from Arizona, has been imprisoned for nearly four years for his involvement in “obstructing an official proceeding.”

“The one very serious regret that I have [is] believing that when we were waved in by police officers, that it was acceptable,” he told Carlson during a jailhouse interview the host played on his show.

The Capitol Police stated that one of the officers accompanying Chansley was attempting to “de-escalate” the situation, as he was outnumbered. However, this does not clarify how Chansley, who was not carrying any weapons, was able to pass by an additional group of seven officers without being detained, The Post noted.

“Not one of them even tried to slow him down,” Carlson said. He “understood that the Capitol Police were his allies. … If he was in the act of committing such a grave crime, why didn’t the officers standing right next to him place him under arrest?”

But in the narrative that was formed by Democrats and much of the media following the riot, “Jacob Chansley became the face of January 6, a dangerous conspiracy theorist dressed in an outlandish costume who led the violent insurrection to overthrow America’s democracy,” Carlson added.

The Post noted further: “As well as Chansley’s story, Carlson will air footage that he says debunks the claim that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was murdered by rioters.”


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