DOJ Releases Capitol Riot Videos From Major Conspiracy Case Involving The Proud Boys

DOJ Releases Capitol Riot Videos From Major Conspiracy Case Involving The Proud Boys

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(CNN)The Justice Department released three videos on Monday used in a federal court case against a Capitol riot defendant accused of leading the Proud Boys in the insurrection on January 6.

The videos show the defendant, Charles Donohoe, among the rioters and other Proud Boys preparing their moves, then pushing into the US Capitol with makeshift weapons.

The video release is the first related to a major planned conspiracy case in the Capitol riot investigation, after a coalition of media outlets, including CNN, sought access to the tapes from court proceedings.

    It’s also one of the first sets of up-close glimpses provided by prosecutors of the video evidence they’re using to illustrate key Proud Boys moving to attack the Capitol.

      The Justice Department didn’t identify on Monday where it got the video from, but the clips appear to match angles and moments caught on film and posted online on various streaming and social media sites on or after January 6.

        One video shows Donohoe walking in front of another alleged Proud Boy, Dominic Pezzola, as they both carry a police riot shield. Prosecutors say Pezzola later used the shield to break a window to get into the Capitol. “You just stole a riot shield?” a person asks them in the video. “Yeah,” Pezzola replies. Pezzola is facing a slew of federal charges related to the attack and has pleaded not guilty to all of them.

        Another video appears to show Donohoe, with his face covered with a red-and-white-striped bandana, looking on as others in the crowd take down four police officers blocking a stairwell into the Capitol. Prosecutors have made clear they believe this was a key moment in the pro-Trump crowd violently breaking police down to move farther into the building.

          A third video, apparently from before the violent push, captures a group of armor-clad men milling outs

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