New tapes from Jan. 6 reveal how the Capitol cop took the initiative to evacuate senators after the boss went SILENT
Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday night condemned the treatment of a Capitol police officer who was caught on camera Jan. 6 wearing a MAGA cap, arguing surveillance tapes showed he was doing his job and wrongly was forced to leave prison.
Carlson was handed 40,000 hours of footage from inside the Capitol in what House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said was a pro-transparency decision.
On Monday, Carlson claimed the footage showed the rioters were “mostly peaceful.” On Tuesday he spoke to Lt. Tarik Johnson on the riots and Johnson’s shame after he was spotted wearing the hat.
Johnson told Carlson that his bosses had failed them and said Capitol Police commanders were ill-prepared and did not respond when he radioed for advice.
He said it was shameful that his boss, Deputy Chief Yogananda Pittman, who oversaw the department’s operations in the days leading up to the riot, was praised by Nancy Pelosi and is now in a comfortable role serving as the police force at the University of California in run Berkeley.
Lt. Tarik Johnson is seen wearing a MAGA cap on January 6th
Johnson told Tucker Carlson (right) that when he radioed for help during the riot, he received no response
“The frontline officers and supervisors were not prepared at all,” Johnson told Carlson.
“We had no idea that we were facing what was in store for us that day.”
Carlson broadcast footage of Johnson appearing to be helping protect members of Congress inside the building as it was stormed.
Johnson was suspended the day after the riot after footage surfaced of him wearing the MAGA cap.
Then he resigned because he believed he had no future with the force.
Carlson presented Johnson, who was diligent at his job.
“Around 2 p.m. I hear an officer say the Capitol has been breached. So I ran in to help,” Johnson said, adding that he locked the doors to protect political leaders.
He then radioed his bosses for help.
“I said something along the lines of ‘we need direction,'” Johnson said.
‘What should I do.
“No one answered.”
Deputy Chief Yogananda Pittman, who oversaw the department’s operations in the days leading up to the riot. She was promoted on January 7 but resigned in July 2022
Johnson condemned Pittman’s leadership
Johnson is seen January 6 working to evacuate the Capitol
Johnson continued, “I asked for permission to evacuate the Senate side, the Senate chambers, because I had a clear line of sight to get them out the Senate door and I didn’t get permission.
“The dispatcher called a couple of times to see if I could get a permit.
He said that his superiors failed, so he must take the initiative.
“The person I thought would authorize the evacuation didn’t,” Johnson said.
“I wanted to get these congressmen out as soon as possible.
“That’s why I initiated these evacuations.”
He said he deliberately ignored the chain of command and normal procedures.
“Since I’m disciplined, it wasn’t that important not to keep the members of Congress and their staff safe.”
Carlson asked him about the moment he put on the MAGA cap.
“To my right was a protester, he reached out and put the MAGA hat on my head,” said Johnson, a self-confessed Biden voter.
“He reclaimed it and I said I’d like to keep it as the hat will help me.”
Carlson said, “It’s your pass through the crowd.”
“I figured if I had the hat on, it would be easier for me to navigate through the crowd.
“It was basically self-preservation and de-escalation, and I had to climb those stairs.
“I can’t say what would have happened if I had walked through that crowd without him.”
Johnson said he was never contacted by the January 6 Committee, although he wanted to testify about what he saw.
“I wondered why every day,” he said.
“And every day I might have a different answer, but I looked at how much they focused on Donald Trump and not the failure of the Capitol Police.”
When asked by Carlson why the rioters were in the Capitol, Johnson said some wanted to be violent, others believed they were acting patriotically.
“I think some people there were planning to get violent. Some people may have become violent after what they’ve been through.
“I think people wanted to support their president.
“Some of these people just wanted to support him, and some of these people didn’t commit violence, and some of these people didn’t plan it.”
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk
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