Mr. Brown’s lawyer said he could not be reached for comment.
Sergeant Gross, 50, recalled hearing his police radio on January 6 and hearing the Capitol disbanded. “I caught six other people,” he said, and he made his way on a motorcycle to the Senate side entrance of the Capitol.
“The first person I saw was a boy, dressed like a Viking, and I said, Hey, what are you guys doing? Get out of here, “recalled Sergeant Gross. Some people said, but others told him, “I am a veteran. I have the right to live here.
Sergeant Gross said he replied, “Hey, I’m a veteran, and that’s not right.” He said that it is remarkable how many veterans he encountered, and how many thought they were expanding their service to their country, encouraged by their Commander in Chief.
“The people of the Capitol really believed that they were doing something right, even though we know it was not right and people lost their lives,” he said. “It was mind-blowing to be honest with you.”
Criminal complaints, videos and news accounts portray a similar picture. For example, according to an FBI report, Gabriel A. Garcia, A former Miami Army captain repeatedly confronted Capitol Hill police officers, taunting them as they ran around the Capitol. “How does it feel being a traitor to the country,” he asked according to a report.
The most chilling image in the January 6 attack was of rioters who were marching through the Capitol or carrying Confederate fighting flags. Lawmakers have been trying to eliminate Confederate symbols from the Capitol for years, and the presence of a flag on and around military bases, many of which are named after Confederate figures, is a signal to many that the military Been very tolerant for a very long time. Among them.
Since the Vietnam War, the Army’s enlisted ranks comprise a disproportionately large percentage of minority soldiers, and many Black service personnel have openly encountered racist allies and symbols on their bases.