Jan. 6 Capitol Hill Security Footage Challenges Key Narratives

Jan. 6 Capitol Hill Security Footage Challenges Key Narratives

Who is Pink Beret? Mystry Solved

By Joseph M. Hanneman via The Epoch Times

A three-month investigation by The Epoch Times of 41,000 hours of U.S. Capitol Police surveillance video has uncovered dramatic footage that in many cases challenges longstanding narratives about what took place on Jan. 6, 2021.

Since late April, the newspaper has analyzed hundreds of hours of video that was previously hidden from public view.

The first results of this ongoing investigation are presented in an Epoch TV Special Report with host Joshua Philipp and senior investigative reporter Joe Hanneman.

The Epoch Times has so far obtained 65 video clips from the U.S. Capitol Police CCTV database. Another 64 clips are pending. A few clips were withheld due to security concerns. Together, these videos cover a wide range of Jan. 6 topics.

(1) Large crowds had already gathered near the west front of the U.S. Capitol well before President Donald J. Trump finished speaking at the Ellipse. (2) Benjamin Philips collapsed away from the surging crowd and well before police began using explosive munitions on the crowd. (3) Video from the south end of the west plaza shows Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick and a police officer nearby spraying large amounts of pepper spray. The two defendants convicted in his assault with pepper spray say the video was never disclosed by prosecutors. (4) Pink Beret directed protesters into the Capitol and personally led one Jan. 6 defendant into the Capitol Visitor Center. (5) The Munn Family of Borger, Texas, walked through the Capitol and picked up garbage in the Capitol Visitor Center. Five family members were convicted of misdemeanor crimes. (6) Lt. Tarik Johnson (L) acted decisively on Jan. 6 to evacuate the Senate and House chambers when his superiors sat silently in the Command Center. (7) Capitol Police captured Oath Keepers founder Founder Stewart Rhodes on a closed-circuit security camera on Jan. 6, 2021-video. (8) After the shooting of Ashli Babbitt at 2:45 p.m., police tactical teams began an aggressive effort to clear the Capitol of protesters. (9) After collapsing near the Lower West Terrace tunnel and being ignored by police, Rosanne Boyland received immediate resuscitation attempts once she was pulled into the Capitol. (Illustration by The Epoch Times, Architect of the Capitol, U.S. Capitol Police/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

Who is Pink Beret?

Bystanders in the huge crowds at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 couldn’t help but notice the young woman with the stylish clothes, high heels, Dolce & Gabbana handbag, and a pink beret perched on her head. She became known on social media by the hashtag #PinkBeret.

A woman at the time known only as “Pink Beret” directed and lured people into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a defense attorney contends. (U.S. District Court-Open Source Video/Screenshots via The Epoch Times)

Pink Beret was in the crowd that watched the first breach of police lines near the Peace Fountain on the Capitol’s west front at about 12:50 p.m. Jan. 6 defendant Darrell Neely told a federal court in his criminal trial that Pink Beret lured him into the Capitol Visitor Center and tried to saddle him with a bag full of police gear she picked up off the floor.

It is clear Pink Beret was on a mission to get to the Capitol as quickly as possible and to be one of the first to get there,” Neely’s attorney, Kira West, wrote in a court filing. “We know this because she ran across grass—in heels.”

The Epoch Times researched and requested a collection of video clips that document the actions of the woman.

After more than two years, the FBI put her on its Jan. 6 most-wanted page in late April. More than two months after she was named in Neely’s court filings as a potential defense witness, the FBI identified Pink Beret as Jennifer Inzunza Vargas Geller.

Ms. Geller was seen in the Capitol Visitor Center with Neely. At one point, surveillance video shows, she removed her beret, ducked down to hide herself, and ran up the escalator. Neely kept looking for her, not realizing she had ditched him. A short time later, CCTV video shows her with another male protester in a different part of the Capitol.

Ms. Geller was observed outside the Senate parliamentarian’s entrance, directing people into the building with a stick. Ms. West wrote in a court filing that the sight reminded her of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini.

On May 9, the Department of Justice charged Ms. Geller with four Jan. 6 misdemeanor counts. Her case was unusual because the DOJ almost never announces charges against defendants before they are arrested and in custody.

Her husband, Spencer Sidney Geller, was charged in July with a felony obstruction count and four misdemeanors. As in his wife’s case, Mr. Geller’s charges were announced when he was not in custody.

The Gellers are living in Thailand with their 10-month-old daughter. So far, the FBI has not made moves to arrest the pair and extradite them back to the United States to face trial.



(TLB) published this article By Joseph M. Hanneman via The Epoch Times as posted at ZeroHedge

Header featured image (edited) credit: FBI and ATF law enforcement evacuate protesters from inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

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