Fed judge orders prosecutors to release new Jan. 6 Capitol riot security footage

Last week, a federal judge ruled that prosecutors must release some of the security footage taken during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

According to a Buzzfeed report, U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell issued an order last Wednesday requiring that the video footage be made public.

“Too generalized”

Judge Howell made the decision in response to requests from a group of media outlets, including Buzzfeed. In doing so, the judge rejected claims by prosecutors that making the material available could aid in future attacks.

“This footage, when combined with other footage from nearby cameras, could be used to track individual rioters moving through the building thereby creating a visual pathway which other bad actors could use in planning their breach point and pathway for future attacks,” prosecutors argued.

In her opinion, Judge Howell countered their argument, saying, “the areas of the Capitol in the videos are generally open to visitors taking public tours.”

“To justify secrecy, the government must articulate a specific threat and may not generally invoke its interests in the security of the U.S. Capitol without articulating how these videos might undermine particular security interests,” the federal judge wrote.

Howell contended that the U.S. government’s concerns are “simply too generalized to show a risk of prejudice from disclosure of the five videos at issue in this case.”

Comparing to BLM

The Daily Wire posted clips of the footage to its Facebook page Monday, with the new video footage mostly showing people clad in Trump-themed clothing milling about or waving Trump flags.

Some commentators on the new footage remarked that the video footage seemed relatively tame compared to the often widespread destruction the nation witnessed during riots associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

“It sure doesn’t look like a riot to me,” one user replied on The Daily Wire’s post. “If you want to see riots, take a look at Portland, Seattle, LA and NY, among other great cities torn apart.”

Another user added: “I don’t think they should of broken widows but dam these people clearly did not learn how to riot like we saw the summer beforehand.”

Jokingly, that user went on to say that the Jan. 6 participants “need to work on their riot skills.”

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