The Metropolitan Police Department classifies hitting someone in the head with a baton as deadly force, which is only allowed in self defense or in the defense of others.
MPD Commander Jason Bigelow used deadly force multiple times on J6 and he is not the only one. For all of the Democratic huffing and puffing about how violent Trump supporters were, let me point out that all four people who died on J6, all four were Trump supporters.
No one has been held accountable for all of the police violence on J6, including Lt Michael Byrd who murdered Ashli Ashli Babbitt in cold blood without a prior warning.
He may not be off the hook however. There is no statute of limitations on murder and Trump will be selecting the next Attorney General. He could be brought to trial shortly thereafter. More importantly, he should be brought to trial.
A high ranking police office bounced his baton off the head of Victoria White about 50 times, causing brain damage, which means it turned her into a Democratic voter. She is very lucky to be alive.
By 4 pm in the Capitol tunnel during the January 6 Stop the Steal rally, protesters were packed like sardines shoulder to shoulder with nowhere to retreat.
Demonstrators in the unarmed crowd including Roseanne Boyland, Tommy Tatum and Phillip Anderson collapsed while getting gassed, maced, and bloodied by stormtroopers in protective gear beating them in the heads.
As Officer Lila Morris beat Boyland’s unconscious body outside the tunnel, Lt. Jason Bashaw almost killed Victoria White, striking her more than four dozen times, ostensibly intent on fracturing her skull.
Another unidentified officer is seen standing above the crowd in the surveillance footage spraying White and the other demonstrators like cockroaches directly in the face with cannisters of CS gas.
Excessive force expert Steven Hill describes the police malfeasance on January 6 in a series of videos from the Capitol riot compiled by investigators with J6 Truth.
Lieutenant Jason Bagshaw guided the police squadron to “play whack-a-mole with the heads” of non-threatening protesters who were “stuck in the crowd” and “get away with it,” Hill warns.
Steven Hill explains the lethal force used on J6:
“You see the supervisor using his department-issued expandable baton to strike protesters in the head and face area. You see him using the tip as a spear, using its metal point to strike protesters in the head and face. You can also see him using it in downward strikes as if using a hammer, again, striking the protesters in the head. The primary target of his tirade is a woman who has been pepper sprayed and is standing against the wall covering her head and face.
“She’s not acting aggressively towards officers; she’s stuck in the crowd. The lieutenant appears to be the only officer in the tunnel using overhead strikes with his baton. Later on, you will see other officers following suit. You should also notice that almost all of the officers are wearing protective gear that protects their heads, faces, and bodies, while most of the protesters are not wearing protective gear or any type of head protection at all.”
“Using a baton to strike anyone in the head is considered deadly force. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Use of Force Policy states that ‘an officer may only use an impact weapon to strike the head, neck, or throat of an individual if that individual is a deadly force threat to the officer or to another. A strike to the head with a riot baton is considered deadly force by the Metropolitan Police Department’s standard operation procedures. Yet, this woman and most of these demonstrators are not deadly threats to these officers.”
“You will see other officers in the tunnel who are committing the same administrative, civil, or criminal violations as well, but you can see that the problem seems to be systematic with the Metropolitan Police Department. In many areas around the Capital that day, you can see supervisors and command staff personnel committing these acts of deadly force. So what do you think their officers are observing as well? If a supervising commander can play whack-a-mole with the heads of protesters and get away with it, why can’t the entire rank and file escalate their use of force as well? After all, who’s going to hold them accountable when they use excessive levels of force against these Trump supporters?”