they were hundreds of officers and a couple thousand people.
this is a large building where a lot happening.
“Investigations have since been opened into the actions of 35 Capitol Police officers, a congressional official told ABC News, and at least two officers have been suspended”
35 officers did questionable things.
this doesn’t absolve those trespassers of trespassing because “ignorance of the law is no excuse” – something true that annoys me but it’s true.
however that was a small fraction of the officers.
that can be treated separately and their sentences should be mitigated because of the behaviors of those officers but not absolved. or absolved. but only those.
but of the hundreds of other officers in the thousands of other people, many of them are actively battling just like you see in the tunnel.
so there is no conflicting stories.
there’s two different things happening in two different places at the same time among different groups of people.