Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said that a pre-Jan. 6 intelligence assessment suggested that Antifa, Proud Boys, and extremist groups would partake in the Jan. 6 event in Washington.
“The assessment indicated that members of the Proud Boys, white supremacist groups, Antifa, and other extremist groups were expected to participate in the January 6th event and that they may be inclined to become violent,” Sund said in a written statement (pdf) to the Senate.
It added that an “intelligence assessment indicated that the January 6th protests/rallies were ‘expected to be similar to the previous Million MAGA March rallies in November and December 2020, which drew tens of thousands of participants,” adding that faulty intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the riots.
Accused Capitol rioter John Sullivan, a self-styled Antifa activist, was arrested and charged in connection with the breach. Sullivan previously told The Epoch Times that he’s apolitical but has told other news outlets that he is Antifa or anti-fascist. Antifa is a far-left, anarcho-communist network that has engaged in violence across the country in recent years. Sullivan has also been linked to the Black Lives Matter movement, though he’s been disavowed by the leader of Black Lives Matter Utah.
Sund and other officials attempted to blame various federal agencies—and each other—for their failure to defend the building as demonstrators overwhelmed security barriers, broke windows and doors, and sent lawmakers fleeing from the House and Senate chambers.
But Sund told senators on Tuesday that the incident wasn’t his agency’s fault.
“No single civilian law enforcement agency—and certainly not the USCP—is trained and equipped to repel, without significant military or other law enforcement assistance, an insurrection of thousands of armed, violent, and coordinated individuals focused on breaching a building at all costs,” he testified.
And he argued that the incident was “coordinated,” adding that some rioters had “climbing gear.”
“I’m able to provide you a quick overview of why I think it was a coordinated attack. One, people came specifically with equipment. You’re bringing in climbing gear to a demonstration. You’re bringing in explosives. You’re bringing in chemical spray … you’re coming prepared,” Sund told the senators.
A teacher’s aide who was seen masturbating during a Zoom lesson with kids has avoided being charged after claiming being caught was down to “dumb luck”.
Marc Schack – a staffer at Montgomery County Public Schools in Gaithersburg, Maryland – was captured on video engaging in “inappropriate behaviour”.
Shortly before Schack, a special education educator, reportedly turned around to masturbate, he was working with a history class for Shady Grove Middle School students.
Speaking with Bethesda Magazine on Wednesday morning, Schack claimed he had thought he was logged out of the Zoom session when the class concluded.
He explained that he didn’t know his camera was still on.
“I had no clue that Zoom was still on. Why would I do that?
“That’s my job. My career. I had no clue that Zoom was on. I mean, that’s just crazy behaviour.”
Schack, who said he worked for MCPS for 21 years, also claimed he “didn’t do anything intentional”, calling his actions a “horrible mistake.”
He revealed he’s now on administrative leave, according to the Bethesda Beat.
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