To hear police officer Harry Dunn, he spent all day being attacked and having a number of protesters chanting “ni**er” at him.
The problem is several news outlets have access to the tapes from January 6th and they not only do not back up his testimony, they reveal much of what he said to be outright lies apparently.
In Dunn’s telling, “thousands of white supremacists and anti-Semites” were “among the sea of humanity that descended on the Capitol” on January 6 to overturn the 2020 presidential election and do untold violence to members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence.
Dunn claimed he was a victim of about “20, 30, 40, 50 people” who stood around him chanting the N-word, but a review of the videos disputes his testimony.
Blaze Media will be releasing videos showing that Dunn either exaggerated what happened or he outright lied. He has written a book on his abuse by protesters, but he has not produced any evidence to back up his accusations. However a review of hundreds of hours of video evidence from the day does not corroborate Dunn’s account.
Dunn’s anger issues were on display on January 6, 2021, and not because of the supposed physical battles he claimed to have fought personally with rioters.
While he did witness violence while on the Capitol’s upper west terrace balcony, where he was perched for about an hour, Dunn spent most of the day avoiding direct conflict with protesters.
When Blaze Media is permitted to release the videos we have already examined of Dunn’s behaviors on that day, we will show them to you. The second installment of our video series “The Truth About January 6” uses open-source videos of a number of Dunn’s outbursts that have been released to the public through several trials of January 6 defendants.
Dunn was captured on various body cams shouting profanities at protesters in what seems like it could be an effort to cause peaceful protesters to become violent.
“You’ll be finished … in one f***ing minute,” shouted Dunn, who was carrying an M4 carbine. “You’re f***ing hurting us. Get the f*** out of here! Get the f*** out of here! You’re hurting us! You’re hurting us!”
There was not a ingle protester near him at the time and no one turned violent before or after Dunn’s rant. Dunn may have truly had people attacking him, but so far there little evidence that any of it happening. Dunn also clime that he witnessed numerous police officers being carried out on stretchers, but there is no evidence in the videos showing officers being carried out on stretchers.
In a two-hour phone interview I conducted on February 2 with a currently serving USCP officer, he explained that Dunn had been his field training officer when he joined the department. I played the audio of that outburst from Dunn for him over the phone. The officer expressed shock. “That’s exactly the opposite of the de-escalation tactics Dunn taught me,” he said.
Even more telling is that all the MPD officers near Dunn on the staircase had just entered the building from the lower west terrace, where they had been involved in direct violence, and each of them had been hit with pepper spray from the more violent provocateurs. Yet each was calm in the moment of Dunn’s angry outburst. By contrast — as Capitol CCTV video will show — Dunn had not been engaged in any violence or direct contact with any pepper spray leading up to this outburst.
Of his time in the Rotunda, he also wrote, “There was a particular rioter wheezing against the wall. He couldn’t breathe because he was overcome with pepper spray.” Dunn continued:
He’s saying, “I can’t breathe.” An officer comes over to him and says, “Can I help you, sir?” The officer gave him a bottle of water so he could wash off some of the s**t that was irritating him. I ran over and snatched the bottle out of the dude’s hand and threw it halfway across the Rotunda. I said, “f*** you. Get the f*** out.” And I pushed him.
This tells me a lot about Officer Dunn.