The chief of Capitol Police blasted Tucker Carlson’s characterization of the January sixth assault on the Capitol, calling the Fox Information host’s conclusions “offensive and deceptive.”
In an inside memo, chief Thomas Manger wrote, “This system conveniently cherry-picked from the calmer moments of our 41,000 hours of video. The commentary fails to offer context concerning the chaos and violence that occurred earlier than or throughout these much less tense moments.”
Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy supplied Carlson and his employees with entry to greater than 40,000 hours of surveillance footage from January 6. That drew an outcry from Democrats, who claimed that it could jeopardize Capitol safety and that Carlson would use it to attempt to current a revisionist historical past of what occurred that day.
On his present, Carlson used footage of protesters wandering via the halls of the Capitol to attempt to downplay the assault.
“These weren’t insurrectionists. They have been sightseers. Footage from contained in the Capitol overturns the story you will have heard about January 6,” Carlson stated.
In his letter, Manger wrote that “one false allegation is that our officers helped the rioters and acted as ‘tour guides.’ That is outrageous and false. The Division stands by the officers within the video that was proven final evening. I don’t need to remind you the way outnumbered our officers have been on January 6. These officers did their finest to make use of descalation techniques to attempt to speak rioters into getting one another to go away the constructing.”
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell additionally criticized Carlson, holding up Manger’s letter in settlement.
“My concern is the way it was depicted…Clearly the chief of Capitol Police, in my opinion, accurately describes what most of us witnessed first hand on January sixth….It was a mistake in my for for Fox Information to depict this in a approach that’s fully at variance with what our chief legislation enforcement official on the Capitol thinks.”
Carlson plans to point out extra footage on Tuesday night. A spokesperson for the community didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
Manger additionally cited Carlson’s feedback about Officer Brian Sicknick, who died the day after the assault. The Fox Information host confirmed footage he stated depicted Sicknick strolling within the Capitol after he fought with rioters outdoors. Carlson stated, “By all appearances, Sicknick is wholesome and vigorous,” after which added that “no matter occurred to Brian Sicknick was very clearly not the results of violence he suffered on the entrance on the Capitol.”
“The Division maintains, as anybody with widespread sense would, that had Officer Sicknick not fought valiantly for hours on the day he was violently assaulted, Officer Sicknick wouldn’t have died the subsequent day,” Manger wrote.
He added, “TV commentary is not going to file the reality for the historical past books. The justice system will. The reality and justice are on our facet.”
Extra to return.