U.S. Capitol Police Chief Testifies ‘Highly Trained, Violent’ Provocateurs Were in Crowd at Capitol on Jan. 6
Provocateurs infiltrated the crowd that marched on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) official testified this week during a criminal trial in a federal court in Washington D.C.
Bradford Geyer, one of the lawyers representing defendant Richard Barnett, the man who famously put his boots on former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D) desk that day, asked Capt. Carneysha Mendoza about the presence of agent provocateurs.
“Isn’t it true that you had a lot of people, a large quantity of people walking down two streets that dead-ended at the Capitol?” Geyer asked Capt. Mendoza on Wednesday.
“Yes, sir,” she said.
“Okay. And would it be fair to say that at least at some of the leading edges of that crowd, they contained bad people or provocateurs; is that fair?” Geyer asked.
“It’s fair,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza also agreed with Geyer’s characterization that the provocateurs were “highly trained” and “violent.”
“Highly trained, violent people who work and coordinate together?” Geyer asked.